The players doused Tom Coughlin with water, the team passed out new caps to honor its AFC Central title and almost as quickly, the celebration was over.
The Jacksonville Jaguars want to win the Super Bowl this season.
Their 24-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals today gave the Jaguars (14-2) the division championship and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, but it wasn't quite the playoff tune-up they were hoping for.
Injuries to Pro Bowl tackles Tony Boselli (knee) and Leon Searcy (ankle), combined with a lack of killer instinct, let the Bengals (4-12) hang around much longer than they should have.
"Obviously, you'd like to be so dominant that there's no question about it," Coughlin said. "But I thought we played well. I thought we did a lot of good things."
Coughlin and the rest of the team seemed most concerned with Boselli, who was scheduled for an MRI exam on his right knee later in the day.
"You're talking about two Pro Bowl players and that in itself tells you how important they are and the type of talent they have," said offensive lineman Ben Coleman. "We don't know the situation yet. If they can't go, we just have to rally around each other and make things happen."
One thing the Jaguars did well was make Jay Fiedler feel comfortable in his first NFL start. Playing for injured Mark Brunell, Fiedler completed 28 of 39 passes for 317 yards and one touchdown. "It proved to myself what I knew all along," Fiedler said.
Meanwhile, Brunell (strained left knee) still needs time to heal. And in addition to Boselli and Searcy, the Jaguars played long stretches without Tony Brackens (neck), Damon Jones (Achilles' tendon), Fernando Bryant (hamstring) and Taylor (cramps).
Jimmy Smith had 14 catches to match the Colts' Marvin Harrison's NFL high this season. Smith and Keenan McCardell each surpassed 100 yards receiving for the third time this season, but even they weren't satisfied.
"It would have helped if we could have performed a little better," Smith said. "You have to give Cincinnati credit, but we know we can always get better."
Five of the Jaguars' eight trips inside the Bengals 20 resulted in three points, two missed field goals and a boatload of question marks. And the coach said, with all the injuries, his team really needs its bye next week.
"It's very important right now," Coughlin said. "We've got a locker room full of reasons."