For at least the second half of the NFL season, if not longer, it looked for all the world as if the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers were on a collision course to the AFC title game. The Jacksonville Jaguars spoiled that storyline by stunning the Steelers last week at Heinz Field, and it was no fluke.
One of the NFL season’s most shocking results was Jacksonville going into Heinz Field and hammering the Steelers 30-9 on Oct. 8. It wasn’t that the Jaguars won so much as how they won, intercepting Ben Roethlisberger five times and gashing what would end up as a top-10 run defense for 231 yards.
The Tennessee Titans scratched and clawed their way to another week in the NFL playoffs and now they get a rested and ready New England Patriots. The Titans came all the way back from a pretty big deficit to knock off the Chiefs on the road so momentum is on their side, but that can only take you so far.
At the turn of the century, the 2000 NFL playoffs began with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the AFC’s top seed. Buffalo, after a decade filled with four Super Bowl appearances, made the field as a wild card team.
Entering December, the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs were a pair of AFC teams heading in different directions. The Titans at 8-4 looked poised to win their first AFC South title in a decade, while the Chiefs were trying to snap a four-game skid, fighting for their playoff hopes.
Over the course of the last decade, it hasn’t been too often that when the Jaguars and Titans play one another there is so much riding on the line. But for the last two years that hasn’t been the case.
It was supposed to be a promising season for the Oakland Raiders, who will not be going to the playoffs in 2017. Instead it's the Los Angeles Chargers with something to play for in this one. They'll get into the postseason with a win and some help. LA needs the Titans to lose to the Jaguars, who really have nothing to play for and the Bills to lose to the Dolphins on the road.