Maybe the Jaguars should "eat lots of chicken." Protein is important. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Chicago Bears met the New England Patriots for the NFL crown in 1985, an abundance of “fluff” pieces about the upcoming Super Bowl dotted sports pages and television. To be sure, there’s always a lot of cotton-candy journalism at the dance – we can’t all be Hunter S. Thompson. But in 1985, there was more. Comparisons of restaurants in Chicago and Boston. Contrasts of fashion and culture. A mountain of stories on “Super Bowl Shuffle,” the celebratory rap joint that the Bears jauntily released before their inexorable win.

Why all the fluff? Because Chicago was going to kill New England, and the writers knew it. Why cover the actual game if it’s a foregone conclusion?

Bears 46, Patriots 10. New England fans who remember that dark day in Louisiana can take heart in what reporters from Jacksonville are covering as the AFC Championship Game looms in 2018.

At his most recent press conference, Jags’ head coach Doug Barrone showed-off a batch of fan letters sent from first-graders at Bolles School in Jacksonville.

As hilarious as “eat lots of chicken” might be, “sack Tom Brady” is exactly what the Jaguars need to hear right now. When Brady takes on a much-less accomplished and experienced quarterback in a playoff game, he almost always wins. Brady’s stats on the field are as impressive as his current SNIP score and position at No. 2 on the SNIP 100. The Jags are as heavy an underdog as any franchise the AFC title tilt has welcomed in a while. They’ll need some sacks and tackles-for-loss to have a chance on Sunday.

The first-grade letters are undeniably cute. But Jacksonville editors who’d like to put down the empty calories should look into whether the Jags’ vaunted defense can really rebound in a week after taking one on the chin from Big Ben in Pittsburgh.

Chances are, it can’t. Everybody kind of knows that. Which is why we could all be colored in Crayola by time for kickoff in Foxborough.

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