National Football League conference championships: Picks and betting lines

I don't believe the Jaguars will reprise David's epic win because Blake Bortles doesn't have the sling shot arm he did, but I do believe the Jaguars defense can play with anybody in the league - including Tom Brady - and I expect the Jags to hang with the Pats for 2 ½-to-3 quarters.

Rapoport cautioned that injury shouldn't be considered "nothing", and that Brady may need to play through some pain, but he will be active on Sunday. The cut was "gushing blood and required [four] stitches". It remains to be seen if the injury will affect him against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but it could be more of a pain tolerance issue than anything else. However, the Patriots allowed only 28 more points than Jacksonville. The Jaguars won (45-42), keeping their Cinderella season alive. The inconsistent Bortles did what was necessary against the Steelers after a horrid passing game against the Bills.

EARLY GAME: PATRIOTS vs. JAGUARS.

Stay with WMTW News 8 and wmtw.com for the latest information. Not going to happen. Over his last seven games, Lewis has averaged 5.1 yards per carry while dashing for 572 yards. In fact Jacksonville has only defeated New England once in their entire franchise history. For example, the Jacksonville Jaguars have not had a winning season since 2007. With those catches he averages a massive 15.7 yards per catch. I love playing for him. But, the Patriots defense is improving.

It's been a hell of a ride for the journeyman quarterback, but his divisional-round miracle pass will be his last great moment of the season. The "Rooney Rule" requires National Football League teams to consider at least one minority candidate before making an offer to a head coaching candidate. Some worry it's worse than New England has let on. Belichick must be exhausted of hearing about the former New York Giants coach's two Super Bowl wins over his Patriots - and whether Coughlin now as Jacksonville's vice president of football operations is about to mastermind another takedown of New England.

The Jaguars started down that road by naming Doug Marrone the head coach. Daboll has roots in Western New York, and so even if the Patriots had him on their radar, I'm not sure it would have mattered. They've got a shot if they can hold Brady to 21 points or fewer, and I don't think that's out of the question.

For his part, Bledsoe guided the Patriots to a 20-6 win over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game on January 12, 1997.

"We're going to get ready for Jacksonville, do the best that we can, make the best decisions for the team that we can", Belichick said.

Coughlin's mastery of the Patriots and Bill Belichick, with whom he worked as an assistant coach under Bill Parcells back in the day, has been no small part of the conversation this week. "Hope he drops it", Marrone said. "I guess we have to go out there and try to do our best to back it up I guess". They're destined to play a home Super Bowl game, and no team will stand in their way.

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