With the experience that a man has in middle age, Tom Brady took calmly the 10-point deficit with which the Patriots entered the final period of the AFC Championship Game And as he has done so many times, he guided New England to yet another comeback.
Not just anyone, one who hands them a ticket to the Super Bowl to be played in Minneapolis.
New England defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship Game.
With victory, Brady will go to the Super Bowl pFor the eighth time in his 18-year career, he will be in search of his sixth champion ring.
The 40-year-old quarterback He recovered from a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining.
Brady finished with 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns on the day, against one of the best defensive units in the NFL. Bortles was almost as good, going 23 of 36 for 293 with a touchdown, but with Leonard Fournette unable to provide much on the ground, New England was able to attack Bortles much more aggressively as the game progressed, and that seemed to make a difference.
Bortles was given one last attempt late in the fourth quarter to regain the lead, but a pass in fourth down it was incomplete and a dejected Bortles was left on the field trying to figure out how the game had fizzled out.
Additionally, the Patriots’ return occurred without Brady’s primary receiving option, tight end. Rob Gronkowski, who entered the concussion protocol.
As they have done so many times, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense brought the team back into the fray in a game that seemed to be slipping away.
The Patriots will face the winner of the NFC championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles.