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Authentic Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey , his leather chair pushed to one side, his sweaty clothes scattered across the floor.He had Jacksonville's season opener against the New York Giants running through his mind, so the mere mention of New England caught him off guard."Oh, we're going way back?" Jack asked last week.Just eight months. Just to the team's final game of the 2017 season. Just to the closest the small-market franchise has even been to the Super Bowl.Just to one play, really. The Play, actually.With the Patriots (1-0) and Jaguars (1-0) meeting again Sunday in Jacksonville, it's sure to be a topic of conversation outside — maybe even inside — the locker rooms.The Jags allowed a third-and-18 conversion in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game at New England in late January, a lapse that was instrumental in the Patriots overcoming a 10-point deficit and one that still haunts Jacksonville's players and coaches more than 250 days later."I was just starting to forget about that play," Jack said. "I can't believe I have to relive that."The Jaguars did just about everything right through three-plus quarters against the defending Super Bowl champions. The defense pressured Tom Brady, sacking him three times . The offense controlled the clock, keeping the three-time league MVP on the sideline. Together, they built a lead and stretched it to 20-10 with a field goal early in the final frame. Jack even forced a fumble on the next possession that could have been a touchdown.He was ruled down by contact, and the Jags followed with a three-and-out series.Everything started to unravel a few minutes later.With 10:49 remaining and the Pats facing third-and-18 at their own 25-yard line, the Jaguars liked their chances — and for good reason. Jacksonville's vaunted defense ranked fifth in the league in preventing third-down conversions of 16 yards or longer.The unit featured six Pro Bowl selections, two speedy linebackers, the league's top-rated secondary and arguably the best pass rush in franchise history. The Jags had few, if any, holes on that side of the ball.In third-down situations of 16 yards or longer, they had stopped opponents short of first downs 17 times in 18 tries during the regular season.None of those came against Brady.The New England quarterback handled a low snap in a shotgun formation, took a five-step drop to buy extra time, shuffled left to avoid Dareus' rush and then threw a low pass to Danny Amendola in the middle of the field that he hauled in for a 21-yard gain."I remember how big the play was," Patriots running back James White recalled. "I don't remember the exact play call or what-not Authentic Trey Flowers Jersey , but it was a big play. I mean, Danny always comes up with plays like that, finds the right spot in zone. We had good protection; the offensive line did a great job. Tom did a good job finding him. We needed that play in order to get to where we wanted to be, so it was huge play."New England scored four plays later , seizing the momentum from the unlikely conversion and leaving the Jags reeling.Players, coaches and fans point to other reasons for the Patriots' comeback: Brady being Brady; officials ruling Jack down; Pro Bowl defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue getting injured; two busted coverages near the goal line that resulted in touchdowns; and the offense's inability to run the ball late.But the one that sticks out for everyone is the third-and-long play."It still haunts you a little bit, but just like every game, you learn good things and bad things," Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said. "Would you change things? Would you not change things? I do not think one play determines the outcome of a ball game. I think if you do, you are crazy. Obviously, we would have liked to get off the grass there."Wash called for a zone scheme, "Two Palms" to be precise. It was a calculated move based on the belief that most of Brady's explosive passing plays come against man coverage.After the game, All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey questioned why the Jags played so much zone in the second half, noting how Amendola found holes for the key reception as well as two touchdowns.On the third-down catch, Amendola ran a seam route that started between the left-side numbers and the hash marks. He curled behind Jack, who had taken a few steps right to cover White out of the backfield, and in front of safety Tashaun Gipson.Gipson, who missed practice during the week because of a foot injury, took blame for the reception."That is just one of them things where you got relaxed," said Gipson, adding that he thought the team's pass rush would get to Brady. "I am not going to lie to you. I told myself I would never answer this question again. But that play right there, I would be lying if I said that didn't keep me up all offseason. Got lax."Now the Jaguars are left to deal with The Play forever and relive it this week."Now you're making me sad Womens Joe Thuney Jersey ," Jack said. Josh McCown might be in for at least one more start for the New York Jets.The 39-year-old quarterback banged his hand on a helmet, causing a cut during New York's 27-13 loss to New England on Sunday. He had a heavy wrap on his hand as he left the locker room, but it isn't expected to keep him out of practice Wednesday."It's doing better," McCown said during a conference call Monday. "There's still some soreness or whatnot, but feeling better."McCown made his second straight start and went 26 of 45 for 276 yards and a touchdown with one interception in place of rookie Sam Darnold, who has been sidelined with a foot strain. The injury could keep the No. 3 overall pick sidelined for another week, but coach Todd Bowles said it's too early to tell whether Darnold might skip another practice."I'm not sure yet," Bowles said. "He's getting better, so we'll see on Wednesday."Darnold has not played or participated in team drills since injuring his foot at Miami on Nov. 4. Davis Webb has served as McCown's backup in New York's past two games.The Jets, who have lost five straight, play at Tennessee on Sunday. If Darnold sits out against the Titans, there's hope he might be able to return for New York's road game at Buffalo on Dec. 9."It'll be good for him just to play," Bowles said. "The more games he can play, the better off he'll be. Obviously, he's got to get healthy first and he has to practice so he can get back and used to the routine again and then we'll see from there. But it's important for him to get reps."Darnold struggled in the three games before he was injured with just two touchdown passes and seven interceptions in that span. Despite missing the past two games, Darnold still leads the NFL with 14 INTs.Bowles reiterated that the time on the field, including the struggles, will be good for Darnold moving forward into next season."You can't mistake the experience for not playing," the coach said. "The more he plays, the more he sees and the slower the game gets, and the faster he learns, the better off he will be."Darnold very much remains the focus of the Jets for the future despite the overwhelming uncertainty surrounding the franchise.With the Jets struggling as the season hits the home stretch Womens Malcom Brown Jersey , it appears unlikely Bowles will return next year. The defense, his bread and butter, has failed to get a takeaway in a franchise-record five straight games."It's not mind-boggling, but you want to get them," Bowles said. "We work on them all the time and they come in bunches. We've had our hand on a few. We've just got to come down with them."New York allowed 498 yards against Tom Brady and the Patriots , including a whopping 215 on the ground. The Jets have also been susceptible to giving up big plays with 28 of 20 or more yards during their five-game skid.The offense has also been a major issue, with the Jets failing to put up more than 17 points in any of their losses during that span. They have scored a total of 56 points, and that comes after New York outscored Indianapolis 42-34 in its most recent victory on Oct. 14.The Jets had 338 yards against the Patriots, but oddly ran the ball just 15 times for 74 yards while McCown threw 45 passes."I thought he called a good game," Bowles said of offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.Bowles added that he has no plans to take any of the play-calling duties from Bates, whose offense ranks 29th overall in the NFL."It's everybody involved," Bowles said. "It's not just Jeremy. (It's) the other coaches and it's the players as well. We are all involved in that. It's never pointed to one person."Other than New York's 41-10 loss to Buffalo two weeks ago, Bowles said the common thread during the skid has been an inability to close out opponents. One player being out of place in a crucial spot, not communicating and a simple lack of execution have all been culprits.One thing that has remained consistent throughout all the losing has been Bowles' message to the team."We have a good understanding of each other," Bowles said. "Our communication is very clear. They understand where I am, I understand where they are, we understand where we are as a team. It's a warrior's sport, you've got to get up and play every week regardless. It's not how many times you fall down, it's how many times you can get up. We're going to keep plugging."
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