Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chance for Redemption Jaguars Get Second Shot in Foxboro

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chance for Redemption Jaguars Get Second Shot in Foxboro

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The eye in the sky, which is NFL slang for videotape, doesn't

lie. And Jaguars wide receiver Willie Jackson insists it showed

nothing but the truth yesterday when he and his teammates

watched tape of the Jaguars' game against the New England

Patriots earlier this season.

"I still haven't been touched by a New England player," said

Jackson. "It was a touchdown."

The Jaguars (11-7) lost 28-25 in overtime to New England on

that day, but Jackson and many of his teammates say they

actually won the game in regulation. They say Jackson was in the

end zone when he hauled in a 58-yard Hail Mary on the final play

of regulation.

The officials ruled he was six inches short.

"He was in," said Jaguars wide receiver Keenan McCardell. "I

fell on him. I know."

Nearly four months later, that game is being brought back to

life with the Jaguars and Patriots (12-5) set to play in the

AFC Championship Game Sunday at Foxboro Stadium. If Sunday's

game is anything like the first, it will be a wild one.

"That was a crazy game," said tackle Tony Boselli.

In reality, the game wasn't really as close as the final score.

The Patriots jumped to a 22-0 first-half lead before the Jaguars

came alive in the second half, buoyed by 432 passing yards by

Mark Brunell.

But the Jaguars and Patriots are both much different teams than

when they met last September. The Patriots were 0-2, and the

Jaguars were 1-2.

Natrone Means? He was nothing more than a special-teams player

that day, mostly sitting while the Jaguars' ground game rolled

up a measly 29 yards on 11 carries.

"We're just a better team right now," said Brunell. "We didn't

have a running game back then."

So, like they did for most of the first half of the season,

they spent the day passing the football. The Jaguars' first

points came when Jimmy Smith, standing in the end zone, was able

to pluck a deflected ball out of the air for a touchdown to make

it 22-7. …

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