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Wild card? The Jaguars will go to Indianapolis next weekend with a chance to tie for the division lead.

"We're chasing Indy. We're chasing a division title," Fred Taylor said.

The Jaguars' 36-14 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday left the Jags a game behind the Colts in the AFC South title race and in the top spot in the wild-card standings. There weren't any champagne bottles popping in the Jaguars' postgame locker room, but a return to the playoffs is looking more and more likely.

"We have a good team. We're working hard at it," coach Jack Del Rio said.

Sunday's win over the Bills wasn't as lopsided as the score would indicate. The Jaguars found themselves facing tense moments in the fourth quarter as they nursed a 22-14 lead. At crunch time, however, it was the Jaguars who made all of the big plays.

"I thought David (Garrard) was sharp. Fred (Taylor) ran hard. Ernest (Wilford) made two big catches on third down," Del Rio said.

Garrard completed 23 of 37 passes for 296 yards, a touchdown, no interceptions and a 96.2 passer rating. Garrard struck the game-clinching below inside three minutes to play when he hit wide receiver Reggie Williams with a perfect strike on a slant route and Williams split defenders to race the remaining distance to the end zone.

Taylor opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run and totaled 104 yards rushing for the game, the first time he's hit the 100-yard mark this season.

Wilford caught five passes for 60 yards. He and tight end Marcedes Lewis were Garrard's go-to guys on third down and Wilford made a couple of acrobatic-type catches.

The only negative on this day was the Jaguars' failure to score touchdowns from inside the red zone. Del Rio placed blame on himself, but he may have been just sparring with reporters.

Del Rio rejected aggressiveness and embraced conservative play-calling in one second-half red-zone possession. At the time, the Jaguars led 19-14 and Del Rio wanted to make sure his team came away with a field goal.

"We wanted to get points there. You get a little cute and let points get away there. Don't get too cute. Take the points. That's what we did," Del Rio said.

His conservatism paid dividends late in the game as the Jaguars defense rose to the occasion against a Bills offense that lacked firepower.

"No way it was a trap week," Taylor said, claiming the Jaguars to have been fully focused on this game.

Sunday's game in Indianapolis, of course, will pose no focus problems.

"Obviously, that'll be a big game," Del Rio said in classic understatement.

"Yeah, we're under the radar. The nation's not here. It's up to you guys. If you think it's good, tell somebody," Del Rio told reporters. "Maybe the word will spread."

"I think we can catch the Colts," Garrard said. "I think these guys are very hungry and we're determined this year. We have a lot of things going our way this year. Guys are showing a lot of ability to just concentrate on playing football. We need to do that this week because this is a big one coming up."

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