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Backs Against the Wall; Patriots Do What They Do Best, Punch Their Ticket to Super Bowl LII with 24-20 Win Over Jaguars

It didn’t go exactly as planned, but the Patriots, as they normally do, did enough to pull out a 24-20 win Sunday afternoon over the very game Jacksonville Jaguars to punch yet another ticket to the Super Bowl.

The Pats will take on the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles, a rematch of their third Super Bowl win back in the 2004 season – a game that oddly enough was played in Jacksonville.

The 24-20 win couldn’t have been possible without the play of – who else – Tom Brady, who anchored two huge drives in the fourth quarter after the Pats trailed the Jags 20-10.

The talk all week was about Brady’s hand, which you could see was bothering him, but at the end of the day he made the throws, and after the game coach Bill Belichick said that Brady’s hand will be just fine for the Title game in two weeks.

“I mean, look, Tom did a great job and he’s a tough guy,” Belichick said. “We all know that, alright? But, we’re not talking about open-heart surgery here.”

Brady finished Sunday’s game 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the fourth quarter to Danny Amendola, the second of which was the game-winner.

“I think it kind of sounds arrogant to say, ‘Oh, yeah, it bothered me,’ when you have a pretty good game. So I won’t say it,” Brady said of the hand, smiling.

Before that there was plenty of tension in the stadium, as the Jags outplayed the Pats in every way, and after the Pats lost tight end Rob Gronkowski with a concussion in the first half, and facing the league’s number two defense overall, number one against the pass, it looked bleak.

But per usual that’s when Brady is at his best, with his back against the wall, and as he normally does – he stepped up and delivered.

The first TD pass to Amendola came with 8:53 left, and then after another quick and effective drive downfield, the pair did it again, this time with 2:56 left.

That was enough for the Pats D, as they stopped Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, and for the 54th time in his career, the Pats had another comeback under Brady, and another trip to the Super Bowl.

Of those 54 winning drives by Brady, 11 have come in the playoffs, an amazing feat that surely will never be outdone or seen again in our lifetime.


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