Celebration Sunday: 'We're not done yet'

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JACKSONVILLE – They chanted "Duval" and did it together.

Players chanted, and fans chanted, too. This was the scene Sunday night as an estimated 10,000 fans welcomed the Jaguars to EverBank Field after a 45-42 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Playoff at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.

This was delirium. This was celebration. This was joy.

This was Duval.

"I hope you understand how much we appreciate the support we've been able to build through the year," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone told the crowd.

Marrone reminded the crowd that the game ball awarded to the city following a Wild Card victory over the Buffalo Bills was for them. He then told the crowd they knew "he was pretty much a boring person," and he handed the microphone off for players to speak to the crowd.

"We're not done yet," Marrone told the crowd as he finished. "We've got a lot of work ahead of us."

The Jaguars will play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

Linebacker Telvin Smith took the microphone after Marrone.

"Duuvaaaaaaal," Smith yelled.

"Duuuvaaaal," the crowd responded.

Smith then thanked the crowd for their support.

"It's been long," Smith said. "It's been big and we've been winning."

Smith gave the microphone to Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, who led the AFC in sacks this season and who in one season with the team has become a team leader in the locker room and in the community.

"We're not done yet," Campbell said. "This is just the beginning, baby. All the hard work is for this moment, right here. We're going to the Super Bowl. Let's go."

All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey spoke after Campbell. The fan favorite told the crowd he didn't have much to say.

"We're going to the Super Bowl, and we're going to win that b----," Ramsey said. "Duuvaalll!!!"

The crowd responded, "Duuvaalll!!!!"

Running back Leonard Fournette, who rushed for three touchdowns against the Steelers, spoke to the crowd next. 

"I appreciate ya'll," Fournette said. "We own ya'll two more. Duuvalll!!"

"Duvall" the crowd responded.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis, a 12-year veteran and the only active Jaguars player to have played in a postseason game for the team before this season, spoke last.

"I speak on behalf of the organization and the team: the support you guys have for us, it makes us to be able to do our job that much easier," he said. "It's like a partnership. We all work together. … Keep it up. We've got two more weeks. We appreciate it."

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