The Jacksonville Jaguars have had some horrendous losses in their franchise. I'm not talking blowouts or meltdowns. I'm talking games with a lot on the line that we could have won... and just didn't.
Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar compiled what he thought was the worst, most gut-punching-est loss for each team in the AFC and his winner for the Jaguars? Their AFC Divisional round loss to the New England Patriots in 2008.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jan. 12, 2008, AFC divisional round—Patriots 31, Jaguars 20
Outside of the Giants, who played them close in the regular season and beat them in Super Bowl XLII, the 2007 Patriots may have found their most serious challenge in the divisional round of their 18–1 season when they faced the Jaguars. Jacksonville kept the game close until the third quarter, when Tom Brady faked that a snap went directly to running back Kevin Faulk and instead threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker for the go-ahead score. Brady was at his most efficient, completing 26 of 28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns on short passes while the Jags put half their defense on Randy Moss. That was the last time the Jaguars made the postseason.
I'd have to disagree. The home loss in the AFC Championship loss to the Tennessee Titans is the one that still makes me sick. Why? We were at home, we were favored to win by a touchdown, we were winning at halftime, and Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had our playbook.
Pile onto all of that the fact that the Titans got to the game because of a forward pass on a kickoff return against the Buffalo Bills and this is the most gut-punching loss in Jaguars history.