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No. 13: Jacksonville Jaguars win 31-20 over New England Patriots

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We’re counting down to the 2020 NFL preseason opener what would have been the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason opener by ranking all 51 regular season wins over the past decade.

Today at No. 13? Our revenge game against the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.

Week 2 — September 16, 2018

After nine months of hearing about blown 3rd-and-18 coverages, not being aggressive enough on offense in the second half, and of course, “Myles Jack wasn’t down!” Jaguars got another shot at the kings of the AFC in Tom Brady and the Patriots.

This time they aimed for the head.

Led by a performance of a lifetime by often maligned quarterback Blake Bortles and break out days from the entire wide receiver group and offensive line, the Jaguars exacted their revenge from the AFC title game loss in front of nearly 69,000 “DUUUUUVAAAALLLL!” screaming fans at TIAA Bank Field, and staking their claim as the new kings of the AFC.

While the pre-game talk was the loss of Leonard Fournette as he was declared inactive pre-game, it was Bortles and the passing game along with the suffocating defense, who took control from the start, getting out to a 21-3 halftime lead.

But this time, unlike in January, they finished as strong as they started.

Oh yeah, and it gave us one of the greatest catches in franchise history.

Why the ranking at No. 13?

This game gave me more false hope than any other in the decade, which makes it very Jaguars. Also, Blake looking a lot better in the box score because of yards after the catch than he actually was is also very Jaguars.

Up tomorrow?

Almost losing to a Cleveland Browns team that didn’t win a game all season.