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📧 O-Zone Late Night: Chiefs 27, Jaguars 20

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Jaguars' oh-so-memorable season ended Saturday.

It ended on a cold, wet January afternoon in one of the NFL's toughest venues against one of its best teams – and against perhaps its best quarterback. And it hurt. A lot.

The Jaguars lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20, in a 2022 AFC Divisional Playoff game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. – and what hurt for the Jaguars is they had real chances to extend a remarkable late-season/postseason run.

A late fumble. A late interception. A 98-yard drive allowed to a backup quarterback in the second quarter. A dropped pass on what could have been the game's biggest play.

All will haunt this team.

Still, the more experienced team won Saturday. The higher-seeded team won. The team that earned homefield advantage won. It won because it did things championship teams do at times championship teams do them.

Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence after the game said, "We'll be back."

The thought here is that's true. The thought here is this loss will hurt fans, players and coaches for a while. But within that hurt, there will be pride in what this team did and hope for what is to come.

Good season. Unbelievably good. And one that won't – and shouldn't – be soon forgotten.

Let's get to it …

Brian from Round Rock, Texas

_They were flat. So surprising coming off such a big victory. Why weren't they ready to beat a hobbled team on the ropes? They looked liked a different team. Losers instead of winners. _

The Jaguars lost on Saturday to a team that is playing in its fifth consecutive AFC Championship Game next week, a championship team with elite playmakers and a team of players experienced within a winning system. Such teams tend to make young teams look flat in the postseason. But if you want to call a team that won six consecutive games and surpassed the expectations of the entire football world losers …

Amy from Jacksonville

Why O why was Kelce wide open all day?

I got this question a lot. Travis Kelce, the Chiefs' All-Pro tight end, caught 14 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns Saturday. Why was he wide open all day? Because the Chiefs also have other dangerous players. But mostly because he's a future Hall of Famer. That's what great tight ends do, and it's particularly what they do against back sevens that are good – but not great – in coverage.

Brad from The Avenues

_Remember back in the day, when they played Green Day's Good Riddance at the end of the season? Well, I for one absolutely had the time of my life. No complaints. We'll get 'em next year. DTWD!! _

Brad remains "all in."

MattY G from Jax

The one thing that separates us from the Chiefs is T. Law scrambling and him running the football mor. Would you agree? Aside from that, it was a helluva season! Go Jags!!!

I do not agree. The Chiefs also have a Hall of Fame tight end, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes is more experienced and tested under pressure than Lawrence. The Chiefs are also years more advanced in running Head Coach Andy Reid's offensive system. The Jaguars made progress this season toward the best teams in the NFL. They have more work to do to equal them than just Lawrence scrambling more.

Seamus from Sioux City, SD

Is this now a "playoff-tested" team?

It was a significant step in that direction.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

Mahomes is a magician, John.

This was the much-ballyhood, sometimes-off-base, oft-memorable First Email of the Game. It came as Mahomes methodically led a first-possession touchdown drive that gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead in too-easy fashion. And yeah … Mahomes is magical. He's the best right now. Credit to him.

Jeremy from Gilbert, AZ

When will we see the Jags stop playing down to the game situation or competition? And start forcing other teams to play up to them if they can?

The Jaguars lost on Saturday to a team that has won seven consecutive AFC West titles, won a Super Bowl following the 2019 season and will play in its fifth consecutive AFC Championship Game next Sunday.

Bryan from Lutz

Dropped interception. Dropped deep ball to Kirk. Huge tripping penalty on right tackle Walker Little and a fumble by wide receiver Jamal Agnew. Four huge mistakes that the Chiefs didn't make.

Experienced, championship teams make huge plays in the postseason.

Roger from Heidelberg

Well, when push comes to shove, same old Jags. So, disappointed.

Yes, the Jaguars won the AFC South, rallied twice from 17-point deficits to win in the regular season, swept the Tennessee Titans for the first time in a decade and a half, turned in the third-biggest postseason come-from-behind victory in NFL history and completely changed the direction of the franchise … but yeah … same old Jags. Well done. Good eye.

Matt from Bartow, FL

Helluva season John. I wish it wasn't over, but I can't complain. The future looks incredibly bright for this team. I'm excited to see where we go from here. One fer the Jags.

One fer the Jags.

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