New England wins AFC championship, defeating Jacksonville 24-20

Kenny Tucker
January 22, 2018

He is on the Patriots' active roster for the game and is scheduled to start after being listed as questionable on their injury report.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold against the defending champions.

Jaguars vs. Patriots live stream, start time, betting odds and TV information for Sunday's 2018 AFC Championship matchup between Jacksonville and New England.

The victor of today's game advances to Super Bowl 52 where they will face either the Minnesota Vikings or Phildaelphia Eagles.

Brady was cheered as he emerged from the New England Patriots' locker room about 45 minutes before they faced the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game. The way to beat the Patriots is to force them out of their style - something that no team in the AFC was better equipped to do than the Jaguars. The Patriots, meanwhile, had just one 10-yard penalty.

The AFC title marks the Patriots' third in four years.

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While Tom Brady and Danny Amendola were crucial to the comeback, the defense was vital in shutting down Jacksonville's offense in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars can't afford to be playing from behind- especially with the erratic Blake Bortles under center.

The Patriots stumbled out of the gate at home while the Jaguars came out firing. New England got a couple of key pass interference calls and drove all the way down the field for a touchdown right before halftime.

WORST DROP: Brandin Cooks had two steps on linebacker Telvin Smith and dropped a perfectly thrown ball by Brady inside the Jaguars' 25-yard line. The Jags systematically drove 77 yards on 10 plays and took a 14-3 lead on a Fournette 4-yard touchdown run up the gut. But if your defense can make a few opportune stops, and maybe even score a defensive touchdown, then your chances increase exponentially.

Brady also was able to throw the ball well on Friday during practice despite the stitches and a spring to his collateral ligament in his right thumb, according to MMQB's Albert Breer.

The NFL playoffs sadly do not include the Seahawks this season. The Patriots scored on James White's 1-yard run.

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