Ranking the New England Patriots’ 9 Wild Card Game showdowns
2. A record Patriots beatdown of the Jaguars
Score: Patriots 25, Jaguars 3
It seemed like a pretty even matchup on paper. The 2005 Patriots and Jaguars had a ton in common. Neither was a high-scoring offense, the Jags averaged 22.6 points per game while the Patriots came in at 23.7. Both teams did just enough to win games and simply advance.
As a result, the Jags finished with a record of 12-4 while the Patriots came in at 10-6. Fortunately for the Patriots, however, they won the AFC East crown and were given the home-field advantage. Still, Jags fans had to be feeling good about their chances. With that said, they were completely incredulous as they witnessed an absolute bloodbath.
The Patriots were one of the top defenses that year but they took their game up a notch during that Wild Card Game. Jacksonville was held to just three points and Byron Leftwich was given no time at all in the pocket as he was sacked four times, finishing with just 179 passing yards.
It was a pure masterpiece for the Patriots as their 22-point win is their largest margin of victory in the Wild Card round.