In the past two seasons the Jaguars have been in position to win their way into the playoffs, but in both years they finished with losing streaks that left them on the outside looking in. Particularly, late season losses to the Colts in week 15 of each of the last two seasons left the Jaguars out of the playoffs.
This year is a different story for the Jaguars as they have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention already and have nothing to lose in the final games of the season. The tables have flipped now and with no shot at the playoffs, the Jaguars will have the chance to do what the Colts, among other teams, did to the Jaguars in 2009 and 2010. Win games and hurt other teams' playoffs chances.The Falcons are currently 8-5, two games behind the NFC South-leading Saints at 10-3. While it's unlikely that they can catch up to the Saints to take over the division, they are all but eliminated from that possibility with a loss to the Jaguars. For all intents and purposes, the Falcons best chance at the playoffs is to win an NFC wild card spot. With the Giants and Bears hot on their trail to get in the playoffs, the Falcons need to win against the Jaguars to keep themselves in the driver's seat.
After the Falcons, the Jaguars play the Titans, possibly their biggest rival. A win against the Titans would be hugely detrimental to a team that is a game out of the AFC wild card and already eliminated from contention from the AFC South which the Texans have already clinched.