Here's a hot take for you: Tom Brady is a petulant sook, definitely voted Trump, and - at 40-years-old - is single-handedly ensuring the National Football League is completely void of fun by rendering each and every season ultimately boring and pointless by constantly asserting his presence in the playoffs.
"It's pretty unbelievable. Just to be on a team that wins these kinds of games, it's just a great accomplishment", Brady said.
"Coach says it's all about our story and what this team can do".
The Jaguars would go on to punt after the turnover, the Patriots would drive down and score a touchdown and New England never wavered, overcoming the late deficit to win the AFC championship. He played so well that he felt uncomfortable admitting the injury hindered him during the game.
That includes the Jaguars, who played their role to perfection.
The victory pushed the Patriots to their NFL-leading 10th Super Bowl, where they will face the victor of the NFC title game between the Vikings and Eagles on February 4 in Super Bowl LII.
Jacksonville let its defense swagger from the start, winning the coin toss and electing to defer. The Jags invited Brady onto the field first, daring him to score against its top-ranked defense.
Jimmy Vaccaro, another oddsmaker at the South Point, agreed, noting that he'd give the Vikings a 3-point bump if they faced the, but no advantage if they faced the Patriots.
Now: After six straight seasons with double-digit losses, second-year coach Doug Marrone led Jacksonville back to the playoffs, and the Jaguars knocked off Buffalo in the wild-card round before an upset victory against Pittsburgh and two-time Super Bowl victor Ben Roethlisberger in the divisional playoffs.
Who We Like: Jacksonville.
A wide-open Marcedes Lewis gave the Jaguars a 7-3 lead 45 seconds into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Bortles.
But. delay of game.
"Of all the plays, my season wasn't going to end on a handoff in practice", Brady said.
We've seen this type of collapse by a Patriots opponent before, most memorably in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons.
But Brady & Co. were just getting started.
Just like that the Patriots were within four and Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone chose to take that slim lead into the locker room rather than risk a turnover by going for more points with 55 seconds and two timeouts left at the end of the first half. So Brady was deprived of his top target, and then his deficit grew.
Brady got his mojo back after Adam Butler sacked Bortles on third-and-13 just shy of the two-minute warning, giving the Patriots the ball at their own 15 yard-line. Eventually, Josh Lambo nailed a 54-yard field goal and the Jags' lead grew to 17-10 early in the third.
The script flipped at Pittsburgh, though.
The team said he had a head injury and announced early in the fourth quarter that he would not return.
After an exchange of punts, Brady piloted the Patriots for a quick touchdown in the final two minutes of the half, aided greatly by a 32-yard pass interference penalty against Bouye, for shoving Cooks out of bounds on a long-bomb.
Brady extinguished whatever uncertainty he might have felt on the opening drive, completing all six of his passes to four receivers.
The Patriots were able to get a first down courtesy of a run by Dion Lewis to clinch the victory. It means that, on average, the Patriots will have appeared in the Super Bowl once every two years since 2002. "All those guys that said that, I'm sure they want to be in his spot right now playing in the championship game".
If there's one takeaway from the that list of accolades, the closing credits of this picture-perfect script, it's that "too good to be true" is what these Patriots are.