Now, even after the road win and advancing to the AFC Championship, Jacksonville finds itself as an even bigger longshot to advance again. Two underdogs were able to move on by winning one-score games against teams that spent much of the season near the top of our PFFELO rating system, while the Patriots (as we predicted) overcame all of the manufactured noise to cover in rocking-chair fashion against an overmatched Titans team. The victor heads to Minnesota for the Super Bowl to face either the Minnesota Vikings or Philadelphia Eagles.
"Tom Brady, I think, is the greatest to play the game", defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said. This game was over.
The Vikings open as a 3 ½-point favorite against the Eagles, while the Patriots open favored by 9 1/2 in their game.
The Patriots were stifled just enough against a loaded Broncos defense that could smash New England in the mouth by simply lining up elite talent at every position.
For fresh-faced Jacksonville, however, this is all rare territory.
The Patriots are 10-1 all time against the Jaguars. Glenn counts himself as one of them.
"I'm sure there will still be tons of people that are going to disapprove or talk negative or hate or do whatever they want", Bortles said.
Hence, we could see Fournette and the Jags finding success moving the ball on Sunday. "All we did was feed on the fuel that everybody was providing, the media, everybody was talking about how they're going to run through us, it's not going to be like last (time)".
And, it has all come full circle for Tom Coughlin, who was Jacksonville's coach the previous time the franchise got this far in the postseason.
"We going to the Super Bowl, and we gonna win that b--!"
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The Jaguars did extremely well at surviving and attacking the Steelers/killer B's, putting up 45 points in this game when a week ago they only put up 10 points against the Bills! We knew we was going to do with this team. We know the blessings the Lord has given us.
The New England Patriots will be playing The Jacksonville Jaguars over the weekend for The AFC Championship.
The New England Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs 35-14.
"The reality of the National Football League is what we did this week will have nothing to do with what happens next week", Brady said. I have "sources" telling me Carson Wentz might have placed a curse on any team who plays Nick Foles at home to lose until he gets back. We don't really worry about all of that. Fournette rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the youngest player in the Super Bowl era to rush for at least 100 yards and three scores in a playoff game. "We're very blessed to do it".
Blake Bortles was 14-of-26 with 214 yards and a TD, while Roethlisberger wowed in a losing effort, going 37-of-58 with 469 yards and five touchdown with an interception.
"We'll be ready for next week", defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. It set up Philadelphia's first conference championship appearance since the 2008 season.
European Street Cafe is also getting in the spirit, selling the "Sacksonville Special" in honor of the team's defense.
"We just continue to work and earn respect".
The same can be said of the Vikings, who entered the season with Sam Bradford as their quarterback and had big playoff hopes.