AFC Championship Game: Keys to Patriots' Victory Over Jaguars

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 23, 2018

Brady said nearly nothing about the injury in the days leading up to Sunday's AFC Championship Game, even wearing gloves on both hands during practices and at a media availability to avoid having anyone see them. The last time the Birds made the Big Game was after the 2004 season, when they lost to New England and Donovan McNabb may or may not have thrown up in the huddle.

It's the Super Bowl.

So mark it down folks, the defending champions are headed to the Super Bowl and will most likely be returning to Gillette Stadium with their six Super Bowl championship. "What Jacksonville did in the first half (of the AFC Championship Game), running Kansas City's style of offense, spread the field, force you to play inside and with power, that's been the kryptonite for New England, and that's what Philly does all the time".

Jean Francois' first Super Bowl appearance came in 2013 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

New England will face the Philadelphia Eagles, who blew out the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. He'll make $56,000 if the Patriots lose in the Super Bowl, giving him a minimum payout of $135,000, but will receive $112,000 if the Patriots win it.

Grant's speed gave New England fits early. It was back in 2005 that the two teams met for Super Bowl XXXIX, and on Sunday February 4th, the Eagles will have a chance at redemption against the Pats. The year before that, Baltimore was a 4.5-point underdog to San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII and won by three.

The Patriots bid for their eighth trip to the championship spectacle in 17 seasons on Sunday at home against the Jaguars, who upset Pittsburgh last weekend and already have dreams of taking home the title next month. He started 13 regular season games for 10-6 Jacksonville, missing the other three with a quad injury. The Jags failed to address the offensive trenches a year ago, and Sunday's game showed why they need to make some upgrades heading forward. In that game, the Patriots defeated the Eagles 24-21. "I remember watching that game when I was 14 years old". So keep your dog masks, folks.

"I don't think you can, especially when playing Tom Brady and the Patriots because they're going to score", he said.

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