It's hard to beat Tom Brady and a Patriots team that has been to the AFC title game for seven consecutive seasons. The Eagles advance to the Super Bowl after a dominating offensive prowess against the Minnesota Vikings.
The defending NFL Champion New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles at the Super Bowl on February 4 in Minnesota - setting the teams up for a rematch of their 2005 league championship contest and giving Philadelphia a chance to avenge the sting of that loss.
To put it simply, they blew it.
As much as the rest of the country might have been pulling for the Jags, the National Football League and NBC were happy with the outcome. Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 293 yards and one touchdown.
The move was immediately called out as being inappropriate in light of referees need to stay impartial during games, and not give any one team the advantage.
For nearly the entire game, the Patriots offense could get nothing going and nearly half of their yardage came in the fourth quarter alone. "I gained some confidence on Saturday and we did just enough to win". Bouye said after the 24-20 defeat. The team was hit with six penalties for 98 yards.More news: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) Downgraded by Vetr to Hold
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"We had joked around about it, laughingly saying, 'Hey it's Minnesota in 2018, ' and here we are, a game away", said Paul Johnson, who is Tom Brady's cousin. If not for New England's defense and strength down the stretch, this game could have ended very differently. "It's just been an unbelievable run, and I think everyone should be really proud of what we accomplished".
But New England did what they always do and came back strong, and underdogs playing at Gilette Stadium in front of a hostile crowd do what they did.Jacksonville honestly bottled it. Although both of his scores were clutch, you could argue that his biggest catch didn't come on a touchdown, but on a 21-yard gain early in the fourth quarter that saved a Patriots drive after they were facing a third-and-18.
"The crowd was great", said Marc Hartley, manager of Billy's.
"That's why you play all four quarters, too".
In the second quarter, safety Barry Church was flagged for unnecessary roughness after colliding into tight end Ron Gronkowski while he was running a downfield route.
"It's a locker room obviously with a lot of pain", Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. "I definitely wasn't sure", he said.