Jaguars vs. Patriots: Coverage from around the country

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The biggest storyline surrounding Sunday's AFC Championship matchup between the Patriots and Jaguars at Gillette Stadium is Brady's hand. This time, though, it's just his right hand. It does not appear to be a serious injury. Brady was involved in what one source described as a "minor collision" in Wednesday's practice, and the play was a handoff.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe confirmed the report and added that "Brady is not certain" to practise Thursday.

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After not practicing Thursday, Brady was limited Friday. He had missed five regular-season Wednesday practices with various injuries, including an Achilles.

And here's the big thing, the whopper, the Jaguars quarterback is Blake Bortles.

"When you play against New England, who has not been an underdog?"

The Patriots this week, as you'd expect, have turned the knobs to 11 on all their praise-heaping machines.

This has caused a lot of speculations especially since the AFC Championship game featuring the Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars is scheduled this Sunday.

The Jaguars are not interested in comparing résumés with the Patriots. The owner who fired him, Wayne Weaver, enjoyed only one more playoff win before selling the team in 2011.

"At the end of the day, they're physical. They're using their formidable reach to really get this message out".

'Brian does a great job for us, ' Belichick said.

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"Well it doesn't", he said, clearly annoyed such a question could even be asked.

In an interview with the Sporting News, Hoyer assured fans he was ready to go if his number is called. Not going to happen.

Brady threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in 35-for-53 passes last week against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round. "With all due respect". And with Brady dealing with a thumb injury, Bledsoe was asked yesterday how much he's got left in the tank. "We'll see", the always open Bill Belichick said Friday.

Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell celebrates a fumble-recovery touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals on November 26, 2017, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

OK, we'll answer for him: Brady will play, period.

"Why do we need to go there?" he said to the questioner.

"We don't really talk about home-field advantage", added wide receiver Chris Hogan.

For the rest of us?

The Jaguars thrived off of the perceived disrespect they felt from the Steelers last week.

But Damon, who watched the Patriots' come-from-behind Super Bowl win a year ago with pal Ben Affleck, marvels at Brady's work ethic. This will be the team's seventh straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game. While neither player is equal to Brady, it would have given the team a bit more depth for situations like this. "I figure I've got one or two good plays in me, and that's about it". He was not spectacular in the game, but came up with some huge plays in the fourth quarter to secure the win. The reason why he is, is because he prepares.

"When you're a good-looking guy, a good quarterback, people want to know about you". Despite being praised for his play in Sunday's 45-42 win over the Steelers, he completed only 14 of 26 passes for 214 yards and a TD. He knows exactly where to go because he knows what you are in. Well, it's bad enough that he hasn't practiced since he hurt it and he's been wearing a glove so no media or photographers covering the workouts can look at it.

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