The Jacksonville Jaguars continued an impressive season with a big win Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks. The end game antics that caught the attention of most football fans is overshadowing the fact that the Jags are one step closer to a playoff appearance.
Jacksonville now sits atop the AFC South thanks to the win and a Titans loss in Arizona.
The Jags with three games left to play have a clear path to the postseason, a place they have not seen in a decade.
With a home game against the Texans this Sunday and two road games at San Francisco and a potentially massive game at Tennessee New Year’s Eve, everything this team wants is right in front of them.
Win, and you’re in. It’s that straightforward. Three victories and the Jags win the AFC South and would be the first time since 1999 (AFC Central), they’ve won the division. And, they would host a playoff game at no worse than the 3rd seed.
Now, it gets really crazy, in a good way.
The Jags still possess a chance to take the 2nd seed and mathematically, also the first seed and home field advantage in the AFC.
With the Steelers and the Patriots playing a crucial one vs. two game Sunday, if the Steelers lose and pick up a third loss, the Jags would be only one loss behind and own the tiebreaker head to head at the end of the season. Another Steelers loss could slide the Jags into the second spot getting a bye.
If you’re a real diehard fan check this New York times sports page out and put in your own scenarios.
Here’s also another scenario that shows Jacksonville maybe ending up in front of the Pats and the Steelers:
Update: If PIT beats NE next week and the Jags win out, the @Jaguars will have a bye and will host a game in the divisional round. If NE beats PIT and the Jags win out, any further loss by PIT or NE and the Jags get a bye. #JaguarsToday
— Mike Dempsey (@md_1010xl) December 12, 2017
The Jags could have wrapped up a playoff berth this past week with help from other teams, but that didn’t come into play. So, they have to wait until this weekend.
A win over Houston and, the Jags will improve to 10-4 and clinch, at least a Wildcard playoff berth for the first time since 2007.
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