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Jaguars continue to talk about AFC championship game vs. Patriots: 'We were better'

Ryan Hannable
May 18, 2018 - 9:49 am

Last week, it was receiver Marqise Lee saying the Jaguars should have beaten the Patriots in the AFC title game last year, and now some of his teammates seem to be backing up the claim.

For defensive tackle Malik Jackson, he watched the film for the first time on Monday.

“I couldn’t bring myself to watch it before then,” Jackson said, via Jacksonville.com. “You look back and say, ‘We should have beat those guys. We were better.’ It took me a long time to get over it.”

Defensive end Calais Campbell was with the Cardinals when they lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII and he said the feeling with that loss is the same as the AFC title game.

“That [Patriots’ loss], I’m always going to be sick every time I see it,” Campbell said at his Tuesday night charity bowling event to benefit the Charles Richard Campbell Foundation. “It’s like the 2008 Super Bowl, every time I see it, I get sick to my stomach.”

One of the biggest plays of the game last year was a third-and-18 conversion in the fourth quarter when Tom Brady found Danny Amendola to pick up the first down.

Linebacker Myles Jack admitted he didn't even know it was third-and-18.

“Speaking for myself, I just wasn’t aware enough that it was third-and-18,” said Jack. “I got hypnotized by Tom Brady. He turned his shoulder, looking like he was going to throw a checkdown, knowing the whole time he had his man right behind us and put it right in-between us. I take a lot of responsibility for that play. I feel like it’s big on me.”

The Jaguars will be able to get their revenge when they host New England in Week 2.

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