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Scenarios: One more for the South

Posted Dec 17, 2017

Jaguars playoff scenarios: Jaguars can clinch AFC South with a victory in either of final two games or a loss by Tennessee Titans in either of their final two games

JACKSONVILLE – The scenarios become clearer by the week.

And while not everything broke right for the Jaguars late Sunday afternoon, the team did move a bit closer to its first AFC South title.

Here’s what’s going on for the Jaguars in terms of the 2017 postseason:

1.They’re in. The Jaguars’ 45-7 victory over the Houston Texans at EverBank Field Sunday clinched their first playoff appearance in 10 seasons. They currently lead the AFC South with a 10-4 record two games ahead of the 8-6 Tennessee Titans. The Titans lost to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in San Francisco, 25-23.

2.The Jaguars’ “Magic Number” for the AFC South is one. The Jaguars can clinch their first AFC South title with a victory in either of their final two games – at San Francisco (4-10) Sunday or at Tennessee the following week. The Jaguars also can clinch the South if Tennessee loses at home to the Los Angeles Rams (10-4) Sunday. If the Jaguars lose twice and the Titans win twice, the Titans will win the South because they will have swept the Jaguars in the season series.

3.The Jaguars need help to move up in the AFC seedings. The Jaguars hold the No. 3 seed in the AFC behind Pittsburgh (11-3) and New England (11-3). If they hold that seed through the end of the regular season, they will play host to a Wild Card Playoff Game January 6-7. The Jaguars could have moved into the No. 2 seed late Sunday afternoon, but New England rallied to beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, 27-24. The Jaguars hold tiebreaker advantages over Pittsburgh (head-to-head) and New England (conference record), but need to win their final two games and have Pittsburgh and/or New England lose to move up. The Patriots play host to the Buffalo Bills (8-6) Sunday and visit the New York Jets (5-9) in the regular-season finale. The Steelers play at Houston (4-10) Sunday and play host to the Cleveland Browns (0-14) in the regular-season finale.

 

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