The Jacksonville Jaguars would have reached Super Bowl 52 had it not been for a couple of awful calls by officials during the 2017 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.
For those that don't remember, Myles Jack recovered a Dion Lewis fumble in the fourth quarter that would have led to the game-sealing touchdown. Instead, the referees incorrectly thought Jack was down by contact.
The Patriots had new life, and Tom Brady did Tom Brady. The Patriots reached their third Super Bowl in four years, this time losing to Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles by a final score of 41-33.
But Jaguars fans don't have to worry about the heartbreak and pain that the Oakland Raiders went through after the infamous 'Tuck Rule' Game. This won't be another 15-plus years of misery for the Jacksonville faithful.
Rather, the 2018 season will be redemption. It will be the year the small market Jaguars team - after a decade of being among the NFL's laughing stocks - win their very first Super Bowl.
Though the stats showed the Minnesota Vikings owned the NFL's best defense in both scoring and yards, the Jaguars undoubtedly boasted the more powerful unit. Calais Campbell is among the game's elite pass-rushers. There isn't a better cornerback duo than A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, who are both top-five players at the position.
We've seen just how much a dominant defense can take a team. Remember when Peyton Manning was "washed up" in 2015, the year he tossed nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions?
Good thing the Denver Broncos had the NFL's best defense, which masked the problems on offense and all. Von Miller and co. led the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 championship, even though the Denver offense was among the NFL's worst that year.
Well, the Jaguars only have a defense on the level of the 2015 Broncos, perhaps better. Besides the aforementioned Bouye-Ramsey CB duo, they have a plethora of game-changing defensive linemen.
Campbell had 14.5 sacks last year. Yannick Ngakoue had 12. Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler each had eight. Jack had two, but he's going to be a lot better and more productive in his third year.
It's also a good thing for Jacksonville if the biggest "weakness" is the play of quarterback Blake Bortles. All he did was complete 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,687 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Not great stats, but not horrible, either.
Didn't he also out-duel Ben Roethlisberger in the AFC Divisional Round? On the road? Didn't he have 23 completions for 293 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game? Even though people blame Bortles for that loss?
Folks, Russell Wilson had 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2013, when the Seattle Seahawks and the top-ranked defense won their very first Super Bowl. Nobody ever said Wilson was going to hold them back from winning a title, so why are we saying Bortles can't take Jacksonville all the way?
Bortles doesn't have to be great, either. Second-year running back Leonard Fournette is the centerpiece of the offense. He's poised to build off of a rookie year in which he had 1,040 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
The addition of Andrew Norwell to an already excellent offensive line makes the Jaguars that much more dangerous on offense. Bortles doesn't have great receivers, but you don't need them to win a Super Bowl in this day and age.
And the Jaguars aren't winning the Super Bowl simply because they are great. Rather, take a look at the AFC. The Patriots, whom the Jaguars nearly beat a year ago, are as vulnerable as ever before.
Yeah, I know. We say that every year. But how does Bill Belichick replace Nate Solder, Brady's long-time pass protector? Who replaces the speed and hands of Brandin Cooks? The always-clutch and reliable 'Playoff' Danny Amendola? The flashy, ankle-breaking Dion Lewis? Or the reliable shutdown corner in Malcolm Butler? Julian Edelman's four-game suspension doesn't help, either.
Oh, and in case you didn't know, there's a lot of friction between Brady and Belichick, plus other Patriots players. When does a power struggle between the team's two most powerful figures end well? Oh yeah, it never has.
The Steelers? Yeah, they'll be competitive and all, but Jacksonville went into Heinz Field twice last year, and they came away with convincing victories both times. The Steelers may not have Le'Veon Bell this season, and their defense certainly isn't built to stop Bortles or Fournette, if 2017 was an indication of anything.
As for other contenders? Maybe the Los Angeles Chargers are as talented as the Jaguars. But we've been hearing since 2006 that this team would finally win the big one. We'll believe it when we see it.
The Jaguars have the game's best defense, a rising star at running back and an above-average quarterback. They have a top head coach in Doug Marrone, and an AFC filled with teams who wish they posed the team amount of talent as Jacksonville.
When all is said and done, the Jaguars will defy all odds and win Super Bowl 53. They'll defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-20, preventing a repeat in the City of Brotherly Love.