Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tom Brady: Jags 'certainly the best team we've faced all season'

Tom Brady: Jags 'certainly the best team we've faced all season'

"We had to get out of some of our scheme with him". Even in victories, the offense of the Jaguars gets no love.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in 2017's Super Bowl LI, earning New England its fifth Super Bowl win. Brady threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns, and LeGarrette Blount (now with Eagles) had three touchdown runs. James White caught a touchdown pass and ran for another, and Danny Amendola had 11 catches for 112 yards. Gronkowski, James White, and Chris Hogan were the beneficiaries on the Brady touchdown throws.

In frigid temperatures at the Patriots' Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, the Titans seized a 7-0 lead. Without DeMarco Murray activated, the Titans' weakness was shown blatantly, as either Mariota or Derrick Henry were able to get anything solid working. Additionally, they would reach their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game.

As Blake Bortles and Leonard Fournette sliced and diced their way through the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense on Sunday, and Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs with seconds remaining in regulation for perhaps the most unlikely finish to a playoff game since the Music City Miracle, the fear from NBC headquarters in Manhattan was nearly palpable. "So we're excited, in a few years, to tell him about his first season as a Jaguars fan and how exciting it was".

The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL.

This was at Heinz Field nonetheless. Outside of 2008, the year in which Tom Brady suffered a torn ACL in the season opener, the Patriots have made the playoffs in every season since 2003. By the Fourth Quarter, the Jaguars were up 28-21.

"The Steelers aren't going to make it", Keene said.

Those matchups include a 22-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers to close the regular season and a 26-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, who scored a league-leading 29.9 points per game.

Devastatingly for the Saints, nobody was behind him in the secondary, as Diggs made sure to note right before he made the break on his route during the play the Vikings, believe it or not, call "Seven Heaven".

Chalk this one up to a confident player being pumped in the moment. So, I don't know that I could give a greater compliment to a player than that, and he always plays big in the big games.

"When you start looking ahead and start talking about you want to face this team in the AFC championship", he went on, "not only are you not focused on that game, but you're not showing the respect to the opponent you're facing".

Roethlisberger has been unlucky against the Jags, losing on October 30-9, with Blake Bortles like offensive production!

"Very impressive", Belichick said of the Jaguars win.

The total has gone under in three of the Jaguars' last four games against the Patriots. 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.

It was Drew Brees to Michael Thomas for 14 yards to make it a 17-7 Vikes lead with 1:18 to play in the third. Stephen Gostkowski hit all five of his extra points, but he missed his lone field goal attempt.

With 3:01 to play, the Saints weren't finished, completing the comeback, with a 14 yard grab by Alvin Kamara to put the Saints up 21-20.

Two botched fourth-and-ones and an awkward onside kick with more than two minutes left and two timeouts to set up the Lambo kick won't age well over the next six months as Pittsburgh ponders what could have been.

If you are on defense, you know something like this should never happen.

Well there you have it, the three games that set up an incredible forthcoming Championship weekend.

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