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It's not about playoffs


OK, we've all had our fun. This has been a week of debate and trash-talking. Sunday's game has energized us as nothing has in a long time. Now it's time to push back and logically examine the real importance of Sunday's game.

Yes, it's a big game but mostly because the Colts are undefeated. They are the potential history-makers and their run for the record has captured the eye of the nation.

Frankly speaking, this game offers very little importance in the way of the playoffs race or homefield advantage. Regardless of Sunday's outcome, the Colts are going to win the AFC South and be home for the playoffs. Even if the Jaguars lose on Sunday, they're going to make the playoffs as a wild-card team, and does it really matter whether they're the number one or number two wild card? Either way, the Jaguars are not going to be home for the playoffs.

This one is not about the playoffs. This one is about the Colts' pursuit of an undefeated season and it's the Jaguars' pursuit of respect.

With a win on Sunday, only two games (forget about Arizona) will stand between the Colts and the first leg of their pursuit. This is big; don't let anyone tell you the boys from Indianapolis wouldn't like to go down in history as the greatest team of all-time.

The Jaguars, on the other hand, are pursuing a much lesser degree of acclaim. The Jaguars and their fans merely want for America to take notice of the little team from Jacksonville. They merely want someone to say, "Hey, you guys really are good."

A win over the Colts will accomplish that. Should the Jaguars win on Sunday, they will become the most celebrated team in America. They will achieve more acclaim for one win than they did in all of the franchise's previous wins combined.

Maybe we owe the Colts a thank you. Thanks, Colts, for being undefeated.

Now here are 10 things the Jaguars have to do to beat the Colts.

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