FOXBOROUGH — The script was totally different however the ending was the identical.
This film retains enjoying again and again. It the top, the Evil Empire wins.
It is on to Minneapolis for the Patriots.
New England seemed pretty much as good as gone within the AFC Championship Sport early within the fourth quarter earlier than Tom Brady caught hearth — not hampered in any respect by his injured proper thumb — and led the Pats from 10 factors right down to beat the not-ready-for-the-Tremendous Bowl Jaguars 24-20.
Tom Coughlin virtually did it to Invoice Belichick once more.
The Jags vice chairman of soccer operations was sitting no nearer to the sphere than the press field at Gillette Stadium, however the Jaguars workforce he helped construct within the mould of his Tremendous Bowl championship groups with the Giants that twice beat the Patriots, virtually — and may have — pulled off a monumental upset. Coughlin was expressing encouragement on practically each play from manner above the sphere, however he was powerless to information the younger Jags to the end line.
It was yet one more marquee comeback win for the Patriots, harking back to final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl end when the Pats trailed the Falcons 28-Three with 17 minutes to go.
The Patriots will now go for his or her fifth Tremendous Bowl title within the Brady-Belichick period on Feb. four.
Brady settled the case final 12 months that he’s the best quarterback in NFL historical past when he gained his fifth Tremendous Bowl, another than Joe Montana. However the Pats offense shut down for a very long time after Rob Gronkowski was misplaced for the sport after taking an enormous helmet-helmet hit from security Barry Church late within the second quarter. He went proper to locker room and was accomplished for the sport.
The Patriots have been of their file seventh consecutive convention championship sport, which is a tremendous run of constantly in itself. Brady did not appear bothered by his broken proper hand, which was injured in apply Wednesday when he collided with working again Rex Burkhead’s helmet. It was reportedly a bloody mess and required 10 stiches to shut the wound on the base of his proper thumb.
Brady ran on the sphere with backup QB Brian Hoyer for warmups. He arrived at Gillette Stadium at 9:30 a.m., greater than 5 hours earlier than kickoff, however had his proper hand tucked in his jacket as he walked to the Patriots locker room. When he got here on the sphere, he had black tape that prolonged from the again of his thumb round to beneath it with out really wrapping across the finger. He seemed effective throwing the ball within the warmups and the sport.
Jacksonville managed the sport within the first half and held a 14-Three lead till New England’s remaining possession of the second quarter. On back-to-back performs. Church was known as for pointless roughness on Gronk after which A.J. Bouye was known as for go interference on Brandin Cooks on the 15. Two performs later, James White was ultimately zone to get the Pats to inside 14-10.
A few discipline targets helped the Jaguars prolonged the result in 20-10 with eight seconds left within the third quarter. Brady introduced the Patriots inside one rating on a nine-yard TD go to Danny Amendola with eight:44 left. Then after a 20-yard punt return by Amendola, he discovered him behind the top zone with a four-yard TD go with 2:48 left.
Blake Bortles performed a strong sport however after the Pats took the lead, he was capable of get the Jags to the New England 39. However he missed a large open Leonard Fournette down the left sideline, took an eight-yard sack, had a four-yard completion, after which with the season within the lien, he stepped up within the pocket from the Pat 43 and tried to hit Dede Wetbrook deep however Stephon Gilmore leaped and knocked the go away. Then when Dion Lewis ran for a primary down on third and 9 and fewer than one minute remaining it was over.
Coughlin practically did it to Belichick once more. Now it is on to Minneapolis.