The Conference Championship round of the NFL playoffs begins on Sunday afternoon as the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to New England to play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The game is slated to start at 3:05 p.m. and can be found on CBS.
The Jaguars come into Sunday’s game following an upset, 45-42 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs. Leonard Fournette was the difference maker for Jacksonville, rushing for 109 yards on 25 carries, including three touchdowns. Blake Bortles completed 14-of-26 passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars defense was considered by most as one of the best defenses in the NFL coming into the game but they allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw for 469 yards and five touchdowns. Jacksonville’s defense will have to play much better this week against a very talented Patriots offense if the Jaguars want to advance to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
The Patriots come into Sunday’s game following a 35-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs. Tom Brady was his usual self, completing 35-of-53 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target, Rob Gronkowski also had a crucial performance in the win, catching six passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. Brady comes into the game with an injury to his throwing hand that was apparently suffered in practice during the week. The Patriots defense was able to slow down Titans rookie running back Derrick Henry, allowing only 28 yards on 12 carries. If the Patriots defense is able to slow down Fournette like they slowed down Henry last week, the Patriots will be going to the Super Bowl for the second straight year.
The Patriots come into the game as 9.5-point favorites.
When: 3:05 p.m. EST
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA.
Odds: Patriots (-9.5)
Team blogs: Jaguars (Big Cat Country) | Patriots (Pats Pulpit)