January 7, 2008

THE ONE LEGIT STUMBLING BLOCK:

Crash course: Patriots already learning they have hands full against physical Jaguars (Christopher L. Gasper, January 7, 2008, Boston Globe)

The perfect Patriots have a playoff opponent and it's as physical a foe as they've faced all season.

New England will host the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The lone remaining wild-card entry in the AFC playoffs, the Jaguars were a 31-29 winner over the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night.

It will mark the fourth time the Patriots and Jaguars have met in the postseason, with New England holding a 2-1 advantage. The Patriots defeated the Jaguars, 28-3, in an AFC wild-card playoff matchup at Gillette two seasons ago.

The 16-0 Patriots, who will try to continue their pursuit of perfection in the postseason, should get the ice packs ready for Jacksonville because win or lose they'll come out with bumps and bruises.


Jacksonville was the toughest opponent they played in the last two seasons.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2008 9:28 AM
Comments

I realize the rivalry of the last few years requires a certain degree of disdain, but the Colts are still a legitimate threat to beat the Patriots.

Posted by: Brandon at January 7, 2008 10:58 AM
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