JACKSONVILLE – So close. So, so close.
That was the emotion in Jaguars Nation on multiple fronts Sunday, as the team played one of its better games of the season before losing in overtime – 27-24 – to the playoff-contending Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Jaguars were oh-so close to their first victory since early September.
And then there was what was happening at essentially the same time in New Jersey, where the New York Jets came oh-so-close to their first victory of the season before the Las Vegas Raiders rallied improbably to win in the game's final seconds.
The Raiders' victory kept the Jets winless and means the Jets at 0-12 still have the NFL's worst record. A Jets victory and a Jaguars loss would have moved the teams into a tie for that worst record and heightened the conversation about who will hold the No. 1 selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
This has been a weird season, perhaps never more so than when those two games were undecided late Sunday afternoon. But that's where we are, in a season where next April's draft position is as important to many as each Sunday's results.
So close. So, so close.
Let's get to it …
Andrew from Mattoon, IL
So, impressed with how our guys stay competitive and never give up! Fun to watch even with the loss. (Stupid Jets)
We'll talk a lot in this O-Zone Late Night and in the coming days about Jets-Raiders and the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, but Andrew's point shouldn't be lost. The Jaguars' fight and desire absolutely have been impressive in five games since the bye. With the season essentially lost, they have been a play and/or a few minutes from tying or winning in four of five games since then – with three of those close losses to likely playoff teams. That's not to say there won't be change after the season. It's not to say that fight and desire are enough. But those things have been real and continue to be a pertinent storyline.
Kyan from LeMars, IA
The Jets and Vikings let me down in a matter of seconds.
It was an emotional day for many involved – and about as weird a day for Jaguars fans as I can remember. Four games remaining. Some weirdness likely remains.
Jason from Jacksonville
So, are we still gonna believe that a coach would never purposefully try and lose a game (not talking about the Jags)?
I'm sure you're talking about the Jets. I cover the Jaguars, so I don't know the exact details of the end of the Jets-Raiders game. I do know that if a team is trying to lose there are better ways to ensure it than leading with less than 20 seconds remaining.
Biff from Jacksonville
One more weekend. One more loss that could've very easily been a victory. Dang it all, JO. I love my 1-11 team. They sure don't play like it, do they?
Not for the last five weeks, they haven't.
Zac from Austin, tejas
Did Mike cost us the game?
Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon was at best up and down Sunday. He had three costly turnovers, two of which led to Vikings points, but he also was very impressive on a drive that tied the game in the final minute. He went six of seven on that drive and threw the game-tying two-point conversion. That was good. His two interceptions and lost fumble, particularly his interception that gave the Vikings the ball at the Jaguars 46 in overtime, were bad. So, did Glennon cost the Jaguars the game? It's not as simple as that. But the turnovers absolutely hurt. It's hard to win with the quarterback doing that no matter what else happens.
John from Jagstown
That two-point conversion to tie was awesome - what a great play call there, genius call!
Was that the one that worked? Yes, those are awesome.
Jeremy from Wise, VA
That Viking horn is extremely annoying. I never want the Jags to play here ever again.
That's the Gjallarhorn. It's a thing for the Vikings. Opponents and opposing fans hate it. The Vikings and their fans love it. You won't have to worry about it until 2028. That's likely the next time the Jaguars will play a game there.
Robert from Middleburg, FL
A half second after he releases the pass. Leads with the shoulder. Doesn't go low. Doesn't hit him in the head. Zebras: "Roughing the Passer." Why invest anything in an NFL defense anymore??
Jim from Jagsonville
So, Mike Glennon does give them the best chance to win. Let's knock the Vikings out of the playoffs! Go Jaguars!!!
This was the much-ballyhooed, oft-anticipated, sometimes-flammable First Email of the Game. The Jaguars had just scored to take a 6-0 lead. Jim was caught up in the moment. His boyish enthusiasm was adorable. And I imagine Jim stayed excited for a while. And then I imagine he wasn't excited. And then he probably was. It was that kind of day. Oh, well.
Jordan from Jacksonville
That Jets loss. Haven't felt that sick from football since the AFC Championship Game.
I got a lot of versions of this Sunday. A lot. It's that kind of season.