Patriots beat Jaguars 24-20, punch ticket to Super Bowl LII
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The Patriots got the job done in thrilling fashion on Sunday night, erasing a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 24-20 win over the Jaguars.
Despite his hand injury, Tom Brady finished with an efficient 290 yards and 2 TDs--a stat line that might have looked even better but for a couple key pass interference calls and drops. The real MVP of the game, however, was Danny Amendola. The receiver continued his playoff dominance, finishing with seven catches for 84 yards and two scores. Brandin Cooks chipped in 100 yards on six receptions, though he was the target on a few incomplete passes in the first half. Dion Lewis carried the ball nine times for 34 yards, though he also lost a fumble.
Defensively, the Pats shut down the Jaguars late in the game after falling behind 20-10. Blake Bortles finished with 293 yards and one touchdown, though he couldn't lead a game-winning drive in the final minutes of the contest. Leonard Fournette gained 76 rushing yards and a score on 24 totes.
The Patriots are headed to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. This will be their tenth appearance in the big game--most by any franchise in NFL history.