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Patriots overcome challenges, beat Jaguars for 10th AFC title

Patriots overcome challenges, beat Jaguars for 10th AFC title

The Patriots trailed 20-10 after Josh Lambo's 43-yard field goal with 14:52 remaining in the game before Brady, playing with stitches on his right thumb, launched another one of his comebacks.

It's not only the Patriots' eighth Super Bowl berth this century, but their fourth this decade, and third in the past four years.

This has been quite the turn of events for the Jaguars, but not one that we couldn't see coming.

"Coach says it's all about our story and what this team can do".

Tom Brady reacts after the Patriots defeat the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. "It took every player that played in the game, every coach that coached, every bit of energy and effort and preparation".

In the big game, the Patriots will play the victor of the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings matchup. They were wrong. There was nothing easy about the Jags. The defense, knocked around in the first half, suddenly rose up and slowed the Jaguars down.

On first-and-goal from the 5, White ran for a yard to set up the go-ahead score from Brady to Amendola.

Back then, New England was a popular pick to reach the Super Bowl.

Who We Like: Jacksonville.

Earlier, the Jaguars were up 14-3 at after an early touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Marcedes Lewis and a run by Leonard Fournette. So for this week only, go Jags!

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The Jacksonville Jaguars were ready to do the almost impossible, beating the the lion in the lion's den.

Brady also gave away very little when asked if he had played in greater pain than he was now experiencing. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Patriots are 7.5-point home favorites to beat the Jaguars, who opened as 8.5-point underdogs.

But Brady & Co. were just getting started. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 100 yards and Amendola had seven receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr., and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal.

The script flipped at Pittsburgh, though.

Amendola had an improbable 21-yard catch on third-and-18 to keep the drive alive. That last Super Bowl is fresh enough in our memories that America did not a need a reminder, but just in case folks did Brady took the Pats on an 85-yard touchdown drive in just 67 seconds right before the half.

But Bortles said he didn't allow himself to start thinking about making it to the Super Bowl. And he ended it with the go-ahead touchdown to - who else?

The Patriots then ran out the clock on the legs of running back Dion Lewis.

Maybe the script felt over-the-top, or too good to be true, but that's on brand for this dynasty.

Don't forget that Amendola was instrumental in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history a year ago, and he was even better Sunday, scoring the Pats' final 14 points to turn a 20-10 deficit with nine minutes remaining into a stunning 24-20 victory.


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