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AFC Championship: Patriots Comeback Against Jaguars
By Zach Wargo '20
Early into the week, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had injured his hand during a Wednesday practice, which later would provide plenty of drama leading up to Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. The next day it would be determined that this injury was major, as it was a cut on the inside of Tom’s hand. The media was trying to get Brady to budge, as he would just say “We’ll see” towards the media three days before the game. Jacksonville had plenty of confidence, as proving they were legit, after beating the Steelers in a shootout. They were only hoping to dethrone Brady and to go to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
The game started quick, with Tom Brady started 3/3 and led his team down for an early 3-0 lead, as the hand did not seem to affect him at all. Jacksonville soon answered back after their solid defense, going right down the field, as tight end Mercedes Lewis caught a 4 yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles. The momentum had shifted as the Patriots offense, and defense had seemed stumped, they could move the ball or get a stop which allowed Jacksonville to take a 14-3 lead before the half ended. Tom Brady did what he does best, which giving his team a chance before the half, only taking 55 seconds off the clock to let James White score a touchdown to cut the lead to four.
The second half started off quick, with Bortles leading his team down for another field goal, which extended their lead back up too seven points early in the third quarter. The amount of defense in the game suddenly disappeared in the fourth quarter, only with the Patriots down by 10. The play of the game would be a double pass that would have been a 25 yard gain, which later turned into a fumble, only to give Jacksonville the ball back, but the Patriot defense stood strong and gave Brady for ball back.
Photo Credit: AP / Winslow Townson
Tom Brady leads history in almost every category, from Super Bowl’s too yards, too completions, he added to his legacy as the G.O.A.T for playoff comebacks. Brady led his team down the field for a key touchdown pass, only needing a stop by the defense. When Brady is clutch he is unstoppable. Giving Brady the ball when he needs a score is not a very smart thing to do, as most likely he will beat your team by passing the ball and reading your defense. His most clutch throw came to Danny Amendola who made a clutch sideline catch to secure the win with 2:48 left in the game. The Patriots will face the Eagles, as the Patriots will be looking to secure their 6th Super Bowl title.
NFC Championship: Eagles Crush Vikings
By Zach Wargo '20
In a game where people thought it would be much closer, and for a spot in the Super Bowl, the Eagles simply proved that they can be a championship team by creating offense thanks to a good defense. Only by allowing seven points for the entire game. The game started out with an opening drive touchdown by Case Keenum, as that was the only excitement for Vikings fan for the entire game. After the score, the Eagles defense took over by returning a 50 yard interception for a touchdown, which then got the offense to step up to make plays. The Vikings offense got stumped for the rest of the game, after a fumble inside the red zone, turnover on downs, and many missed tackles, with the exciting crowded being behind the Eagles.
The game started with a silent crowd after a quick touchdown by the Vikings offense, then the turning point of the game was on a 3rd & 8, which was an interception returned for 50 yards, which helped tie the game 7-7 mid-way through the 1st quarter. With all confidence being on the Eagles side again, the Vikings couldn’t move the ball at all, only to let Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, do anything he wanted to do during the entire game. The second quarter was all Philadelphia, as a 11 yard run gave them the lead, and then after a costly Minnesota fumble, Philly scored again with a 53 yard bomb to Alshon Jeffery to go up 21-7. The 1st half would end 24-7 after a quick field goal by Philly.
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The second half proved no different, as the VIkings failed to move the ball, and to stop the Eagles. The final blow was with a flea flicker, which ended in another touchdown pass from Nick Foles to Torrey Smith for 48 yards. MInnesoda failed to score any points for the rest of the game, as Philadelphia will be in its first Super Bowl since 2005 against the Patriots.
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