The Jacksonville Jaguars' first-ever home playoff game is set for Sunday, January 3 against the New England Patriots. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. Eastern time at ALLTEL Stadium. The Jaguars, champions of the AFC Central division, complete their regular season schedule tomorrow night at ALLTEL Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Sunday's Wild Card playoff game will be the fifth in the Jaguars' four seasons in the NFL. This is the team's third consecutive season qualifying for the playoffs. The Jaguars, who are 2-2 in postseason play, have played all of their previous playoff games on the road, including the 1996 AFC Championship game in which they played New England.
"Playing our first home playoff game against New England is a real treat for our fans," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "Although this is our third season in the playoffs, it's a nice reward for our team and for our loyal fans to finally get to see a playoff game in Jacksonville. This has been long awaited.
"We've played the Patriots three times before," Coughlin added, "so we're certainly familiar with playing them from the last two years. It'll be a great challenge for our team, and a great challenge to our fans to be there in person, loud and supportive as they have been before. This is a great time for our franchise and our city."
Approximately 12,000 tickets are available for Sunday's playoff game, and the Jaguars ticket office will be accepting phone orders on Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The phone number to call for tickets is (904) 633-2000 or (800) 618-8005. Tickets are priced at $35, $45, $60 and $85. The ticket windows between Gates 2 and 3 will be open beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.