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Patriots fans in Waterbury elated over AFC win on Sunday

Patriots fans in Waterbury elated over AFC win on Sunday

There is no one the New England Patriots would rather have with the ball in his hands when a game is on the line than Tom Brady, even when his hands are battered and bruised.

It marked the 54th time that Brady has engineered a game-winning performance to lead the Patriots to a victory from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie, and this one was obviously sweet given the reward: A trip to Super Bowl LII to face the victor of the NFC Championship between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4.

Nick Foles was sensational, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns to send the Eagles to their third Super Bowl and first since 2005, when they lost 24-21 to the Patriots.

Brady noted that he hopes to have the stitches out at some point this week.

Then came Amendola's diving catch inside the Jaguars' 10-yard line, setting up the big one - a falling-backward, toe-tapping grab in the back of the end zone for the game victor with 2:48 left in the game. "So how'd it go?"

Jacksonville made it to the New England 48 on their final drive before Bortles was sacked for a seven yard loss at the two-minute warning.

The Jags had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and it wasn't enough. "Just to be on a team that wins these kinds of games, it's just a great accomplishment". Tom Brady is completing 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions. "Wednesday, it happened and Wednesday night I definitely wasn't sure, but it was just a insane injury in practice". "But, I'm a classy guy so I congratulated all my Patriots fans".

New England is in its eighth Super Bowl with Belichick and Brady and can join the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) as the only teams with six Super Bowl titles with a win.

"Obviously, we are in a lot of pain, a lot of hurt inside". "Just get out there and get it done". "It'd be really great if we take care of business in a couple weeks, so we'll see".

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If the whistle had not blown, the Jaguars most likely would have taken a 27-10 lead with under 14 minutes to play.

If you thought it was a bunch of hoopla over nothing, and that Brady would suit up for Sunday's game all along, well, the quarterback said that wasn't the case. He completed a pass on a gadget play, and he delivered a 20-yard punt return, setting up his own game-winning touchdown.

Brady, as usual, was brilliant from the start, his 31-yard completion to Brandin Cooks on the game's first drive evidence that his tight spiral, positioned practically perfectly, was still in his arsenal. "That's why you play all four quarters, too". "We've got a destination that we're geared to".

National Football League conspiracy theorists and Patriots haters are understandably concerned after a referee congratulated Tom Brady for the win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Brady used a Tiger Woods analogy, saying he didn't want to overdramatize the impact of the injury because it would've been like a young Woods saying he played his "C-game" and still won the tournament.

Still, it was a costly exchange for the Patriots because Gronkowski left with a head injury and never returned.

But forcing Brady (26 of 38) to pass is asking for trouble. The Pats did not get a completion, but they did get a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on safety Barry Church that pushed the ball into Jacksonville territory.

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