PLAYOFF WINNING STREAKThe Patriots have won nine consecutive playoff games and currently share the NFL's all-time record with the 1960s Green Bay Packers teams coached by Vince Lombardi. The Patriots have not lost a playoff game since Jan. 3, 1999, when they dropped a 25-10 decision to this week's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, in a Wild Card Weekend game in Jacksonville. Since then, the Patriots have gone 9-0 in the playoffs and have won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX.
SUSTAINING SUCCESSThe Patriots finished the 2005 regular season with a 10-6 record and are the only team in the NFL to have recorded nine or more wins in each of the last five seasons. The Patriots have won four AFC East titles in the last five seasons and in 2005 qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive year, setting a franchise record with a third consecutive division title.
SERIES HISTORYThe Patriots and Jaguars will meet for the sixth time overall and for the first time since 2003. Two of the five previous games between the teams have been playoff games, including the 1996 AFC Championship Game at Foxboro Stadium. In that contest, the Patriots beat the Jaguars 20-6 to advance to Super Bowl XXXI. The Jaguars claimed a 25-10 win in the 1998 playoffs in the teams' other postseason matchup. The Patriots have won all three of the regular-season games between the clubs, including 27-13 victory in the 2003 season at Gillette Stadium. The Jaguars will visit Foxborough for the time, with the Patriots having won all previous games against the teams in England. In addition to their regular season and playoff games, the teams have met in preseason play, with the Jaguars claiming a 31-0 victory in the final game of the preseason on Sept. 2, 2004.