New England Patriots

Check back for live updates and instant analysis of the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game rematch with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

— FINAL: 31-20, Jaguars. Jacksonville controls the game for almost all 60 minutes, and if not for a couple of turnovers in the second half they may have blown the Patriots out. Tom Brady and the Pats offense ground out 20 points, and you may have thought that would be enough for the defense against Blake Bortles. The Jaguars QB spoiled that party with one of the best games of his career. Big win for the Jags, who now have a chance to host the Patriots if they meet again in January.

Q4, 31-20 Jaguars: Brady hits Chris Hogan for a 29-yard touchdown to make it 31-20 Jacksonville. On a mostly down day for the Patriots offense, Hogan has been a rare bright spot with a bounceback effort after making just one catch in Week 1.

Q4, 31-13 Jaguars: Jacksonville won the challenge, then had a near-penalty on the punt return but avoided the flag. Then on the first play of the next drive Blake Bortles hits Dede Westbrook for a 61-yard catch-and-tun to give the Jags an 18-point lead.

Q4, 24-13 Jaguars: Patriots forced to punt after Doug Marrone challenges the spot of the ball on a reception by James White, initially ruled a first down. The officials moved the ball back about one yard.

Q4, 24-13 Jaguars: Blake Bortles throws his first interception of the game after the ball is tipped in the air and Kyle Van Noy comes down with it. Brady and the Patriots take over at the Jaguars’ 25-yard line. Three plays later, Dante Fowler forces a fumble and recovers it to get the ball back to Jacksonville.

Q4, 24-13 Jaguars: Patriots have to settle for a field goal after Cordarrelle Patterson trips and falls while catching a screen pass on third down. It looked like Patterson had enough room to get a first down on the play.

Third Quarter Thoughts: The Patriots are still alive. After the Jaguars get another good drive going, they finally stall out and settle for a field goal. And after a horrid first half, the Patriots defense finally made an impact on the game with Stephon Gilmore’s forced fumble. The question is whether the Jaguars can keep their foot on the gas and maintain what they’ve been doing on offense for the rest of the game. It’s likely that Brady puts some drives together, so it’s up to Bortles to sustain what’s been a tremendous game for a full 60 minutes. Big possession coming up to start the fourth. — Matt Dolloff

Q3, 24-10 Jaguars: Signs of life for the Patriots. Brady and the offense takes advantage of a turnover by the Patriots defense, driving 48 yards to score and cut the Jaguars’ lead back to 14. Chris Hogan with the score on a quick slant, beating Jalen Ramsey in the end zone.

Q3, 24-3 Jaguars: The Patriots defense finally made a play. Stephon Gilmore punched the ball out after the Jaguars’ D.J. Chark made a catch, giving Brady a short field and a chance to get the Patriots back in the ballgame.

Q3, 24-3 Jaguars: Josh Lambo hits a 28-yard field goal after the Patriots get a third-down stop against the Jaguars deep in the red zone. Another strong drive for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars receivers, who have completely owned the game to this point. Jacksonville took 7:50 off the clock on the drive, despite stalling out at the end. Patriots have a quarter-and-a-half to mount a 21-point comeback.


Halftime Thoughts:

— The difference in this game so far has been the performance of Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense. Low point totals for both teams in the first half wouldn’t have been surprising, but the Jags came out blazing in a way that virtually nobody expected. The Patriots are having trouble generating pressure on Bortles. They also haven’t been able to cover the receivers, particularly Keelan Cole, or slow down T.J. Yeldon on the ground. Struggles at all three phases for the Patriots defense.

— Tom Brady and the Patriots offense finally got into a rhythm on their final drive before stalling out deep in Jacksonville territory. They will need to come up with another epic comeback, down 18 points against an elite defense on the road. There are some positives to build on from the end of the first half for the offense, but their efforts won’t matter if the defense can’t turn it around. Expect more points from Brady and the Patriots in the second half, but it’s going to have to be a full-team effort to pull this one out.

— Bortles looked great and Doug Marrone appears to have another good gameplan on both sides of the ball. The question: Can they do it for 60 minutes? Game is far from over. Brady and the Patriots have come back from worse, so Jacksonville certainly can’t coast just yet.

— By Matt Dolloff


Q2, 21-3 Jaguars: Bortles and the Jaguars take all but nine seconds off the clock as they drive down the field and score another touchdown to go up 21-3 just before halftime. Austin Seferian-Jenkins beat the Patriots’ coverage for the TD catch in the back corner of the end zone.

Q2, 14-3 Jaguars: Patriots drive almost all the way down the field, but settle for a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. Tom Brady completed passes to Phillip Dorsett (two), Chris Hogan, and James White on the drive. Jaguars get the ball back with 2:45 left in the first half.

Q2, 14-0 Jaguars: Jacksonville punts from the Patriots’ 40-yard line and pins them down on the 5. Brady and the Patriots offense starting deep in their own territory down two scores, after a slow start in the first quarter.

First Quarter Thoughts: Hot start for the Jaguars, who will have a chance to start the second quarter with another bang on offense. Blake Bortles has been the X-factor in this game all along. So far, he’s playing great and so are the Jaguars’ receivers. Easy catch-of-the-year candidate for Keelan Cole en route to his touchdown. … As for Tom Brady and the offense, they’ve made plays here and there but have had trouble getting it going. The Jaguars are getting pressure up front and the receivers are struggling to get separation from Jacksonville corners Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Pats need to turn this thing around in a hurry to avoid having to pull off another miracle comeback. — Matt Dolloff

Q1, 7-0 Jaguars: Blake Bortles drives right down the field for the Jaguars’ second straight touchdown drive, hitting Keelan Cole for a 24-yard score soon after the receiver made a catch-of-the-year candidate on the drive.

Q1, 7-0 Jaguars: Patriots forced to punt after going three-and-out on their second possession. Rookie running back Sony Michel got three touches in his first three NFL snaps, catching an eight-yard pass before getting stopped on two straight runs.

Q1, 7-0 Jaguars: Jaguars draw first blood on a touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief. Stephon Gilmore was in coverage and couldn’t knock the ball loose.

Q1, 0-0:Trey Flowers left the field and went straight to the blue medical tent after appearing to take an inadvertent leg to his helmet from teammate Keionta Davis.

Q1, 0-0: A promising opening drive for the Patriots ends in a missed 54-yard field goal attempt by Stephen Gostkowski. The Jaguars take over after stopping the Patriots on the first possession.

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