Tom Brady completed 26 passes on 38 attempts for 290 yards and two touchdowns to guide the New England Patriots to the 10th Super Bowl in their history and third in the past four years after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20, in the Game by the AFC Championship.
New England took the lead in the first offensive possession with a 31-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
Jacksonville responded at the start of the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to tight end Marcedes Lewis, who caught the ball completely alone in the end zone to turn the scoreboard around.
Minutes later, Leonard Fournette extended the lead for the Jaguars with a 4-yard touchdown run that culminated a 77-yard series that consumed just over six minutes.
Shortly before the end of the first half, James White approached New England with a 1-yard run after a series of six plays and 85 yards that benefited from a series of Jacksonville penalties.
In that series, the Patriots lost stellar tight end Rob Gronkowski by concussion, after receiving a blow to the head by deep Barry Church.
For the second half, the Jaguars offense lost effectiveness and Josh Lambo connected field goals of 54 and 43 yards to make the score 20-10.
Tom Brady responded in the fourth quarter guiding a series of eight plays and 85 yards that consumed three minutes and ended with a touchdown reception of Danny Amendola with 8:44 to play.
After a bad punt by Brad Nortman – barely 41 yards – and a 20-yard return from Amendola, Brady again connected with his wide receiver to turn the scoreboard over and regain the lead with 2:48 to play after travel just 30 yards.
Amendola finished with seven receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns and Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 100 yards.
For the Jaguars, Bortles completed 23 of 36 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown, Fournette had 24 carries for 76 yards and one touchdown and Allen Hurns was the best Jaguars receiver catching six passes for 80 yards receiver catching six passes for 80 yards.
Finally, the Patriots make it to another superbowl with polemic plays and good coaching.
The Jaguars season is over, they had the best defense in the AFC, but that was not enough to beat the Patriots. Good luck next year. But still next year will be hard for Jaguars to come back since their division may become more competitive with a healthy Deshaun Watson and the Titans.