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After defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, Jaguars players

have a three-day weekend before they head into what head coach

Tom Coughlin calls "The Stretch" - the final four games of the

regular season. At 11-1, the Jaguars have the best record in the

NFL. They play again on Monday night, December 13, when they

host the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos at

ALLTEL Stadium.

"This is the time of the year when the hot teams are the teams that

can catch on fire and ride right through the remainder of the

schedule and on into the playoffs," said Coughlin. "We're very

much aware of the other teams and the number of wins that they

have - the nine-win teams in the AFC, and we're very much aware

of the quality of the Tennessee team (the Titans are 9-2)."

The Jaguars will clinch their fourth straight playoff berth this

weekend if both Kansas City and New England lose or tie.


With the two victories over the Steelers, the Jaguars have now

swept every team in the division at least once (Pittsburgh,

Cleveland, Cincinnati and Tennessee once and Baltimore four

times). They have been swept only once (Cincinnati in 1995). …

The Jaguars are the first AFC Central team to open a season 11-1

since the 1975 Steelers (who started 12-1 and won Super Bowl

X)… The Jaguars are 7-2 all-time in prime-time games (6-1 at

home, 3-0 in '99). … Jacksonville has won 26 of its past 30 at

home, as well as 13 of its past 16 division games. … With his TD

run, James Stewart has an AFC-high 11 rushing touchdowns, which

is also the second-highest total in team history (Fred Taylor had 14

in 1998). Stewart's 145 yards is the second-highest total in Jaguars'

regular-season history, and it was the sixth 100-yard game of his

career. His 144 total yards was also a personnal best. Stewart now

has 810 yards rushing for the season, a career high and the

third-highest total in Jaguars history (13 behind Natrone Means in

1997). … Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell each had 100-yard

receiving games, placing the tandem in a tie for second place on the

NFL's all-time list. The Jets' Don Maynard and George Sauer

accomplished the feat seven times and Washington's Art Monk and

Gary Clark also did it six times. … The Jaguars made three sacks,

leaving them one short of their team recod of 48 set in 1997. … The

Jaguars have allowed only 13 TDs in 12 games (and 13 in their last

13 games going back to last season). They have held opponents to

10 or fewer points in eight of the 12 games this season.

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