Jags Lift Blackout, Control Their Own Destiny
The local television blackout for Thursday night's Jaguars game has been lifted, meaning that the team's final home game will be its first in front of a sold out stadium.
Much of the credit for this goes to the recently revived Touchdown Jacksonville organization, which is attempting to "revive the pride" by staging the Ultimate TEALgate Party before the Thursday game.
Touchdown Jacksonville leaders Carl Cannon and Lenny Curry appeared on a recent episode of the Jacksonville Observer Radio Show, where they discussed the group's short-term and long-term goals.
At a press conference today, Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton said: "This is a beginning of a movement to really make sure this team is viable long term. We recognize this team is important to our city, it's important our economy and it's important to our identity."
The Jaguars suffered a pivotal loss at the hands of the Miami Dolphins yesterday, but are still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs.
The big problem in the game against the Dolphins? Quarterback David Garrard, who was 11 of 26 for 139 yards and a 59.6 passer rating.
“When you score 10 points, it’s probably not a good day,” Coach Jack Del Rio said when asked to comment on Garrard’s performance. “We needed one more drive at the end of the game and we didn’t get it and I know he feels bad about that.”
That makes the Thursday game against the Colts even more important.
According to Jaguars.com, the team is still in the playoff hunt and in control of their own destiny. But it certainly won't be easy to get there: "The league confirmed Sunday evening that the Jaguars control their own destiny and will win a wild-card playoff berth if they win their remaining three games: at home against Indianapolis and at New England and at Cleveland."
Although the Jaguars have sold enough tickets to lift the pending blackout, there are still seats available in the stadium. The main ticket office on the westside of the stadium will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. On game day the ticket office will be open at 9 a.m. between gates 2 and 3.
The game will be televised nationally on NFL Network and locally on WAWS Fox 30. Kickoff at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. and the game will air live on WOKV AM & FM (690, 106.5) and the Jaguars Radio Network.