Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Conclusive Evidence: Jags Alone in Last

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Conclusive Evidence: Jags Alone in Last

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Byline: Mark Woods, Times-Union sports columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Jaguars blew a 10-point lead . . . eed, eed, eed.

The replay was inconclusive . . . ooo-siv, oo-siv, oo-siv.

The losing streak continues . . . use, use, use.

Sorry. You'll have to excuse the echo.

That is the sound of a 28-24 loss at Tennessee.

Lots of noise. Followed by silence. Followed by the same words that were spoken in Baltimore one week earlier bouncing around the visitors locker room in Adelphia Coliseum.

Just change Qadry Ismail to Steve McNair, a diving catch to a quarterback sneak and Jeff Triplette to Bill Carollo.

Just don't change the final result.

The Jaguars lost again.

This was Game 7. Not like the one in Phoenix, mind you. This was literally Game 7, the battle of two AFC Central rivals that found themselves in the cellar with 2-4 records. And as it turned out, the Jaguars' defense again played the role of Byung-Hyun Kim at Yankee Stadium -- coming oh-so close to finishing off a victory before letting it slip away.

"For the second week in a row, we let a team off the hook," linebacker Hardy Nickerson said.

And for the second week in a row, they could only wonder if the result might have been different if, like at a World Series or Super Bowl, there were approximately 437 angles of every play.

For NFL regular-season games, the networks are obligated to have seven cameras. And considering that this wasn't exactly CBS' prime game, when officials tried to review a 1-yard touchdown run by McNair with 44 seconds remaining -- albeit only after the Jaguars burned a timeout to force their hand -- this is what they saw:

McNair diving for the goal line . . . the backs of a Titans receiver Derrick Mason and Jaguars cornerback Jason Craft . . . McNair lying on the ground . . . the back of head linesman Tom Johnson . …

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