The Jaguars haven't won a playoff game since 1999, when they beat the Dolphins, 62-7. The next week, the Jags lost to the Titans. They've been to the playoffs one time since then. . . .
When the Steelers won the AFC North title last week, that determined the final part of the Patriots' schedule for next season. Because New England finished first in the AFC East, it will face the AFC North champion - the Steelers - at home and the AFC South champion on the road. That means, once again, we'll get an in-season matchup of the Patriots and Colts. New England won at the RCA Dome earlier this season. . . .
Today, Chiefs coach Herm Edwards will make his first return to Giants Stadium since leaving the Jets in 2005. It won't exactly be a triumphant one. The Chiefs have lost eight straight games and have a 4-11 record. . . .
Speaking of Kansas City, its all-everything running back, former Penn Stater Larry Johnson, ended the season on the injured-reserve list. Johnson broke his right foot on Nov. 4 against the Packers, and although the team had hoped he'd return, Johnson did not and the Chiefs set a franchise record with eight consecutive losses. Johnson logged 148 carries for 559 yards and three touchdowns, a year after carrying an NFL-record 416 times for a franchise record of 1,789 yards and 17 touchdowns. . . .
The Lions play at the Packers today. The visitors haven't won in Wisconsin since 1991, and Brett Favre is 16-0 against them at home. . . .
While snapping that losing streak, a win also would give the Lions their first non-losing season since 2000. . . .
The Vikings play at the Broncos today at the same time the Redskins host the Cowboys. Vikings coach Brad Childress said he would not prohibit his players from scoreboard-watching. Minnesota needs Washington to lose to have a shot at the playoffs. "I'm not going to mandate anything or ask Mike Shanahan not to put the scores up there or anything like that," Childress said last week, referring to the Broncos' coach. "It is what it is." . . .
Does this sound familiar? Terrell Owens left the Cowboys' training facility Wednesday with crutches and a walking cast protecting his high ankle sprain, but said he would be ready for the Cowboys' first playoff game, in three weeks. "He said he could be back right away," fellow receiver Sam Hurd said. "That's just talk."