FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (FNN SPORTS) – Jacksonville has stunned the nation yet again, beating the Steelers Saturday in round 2 of the playoffs in a high scoring game, 45-42.
Although the Steelers lost to the Jaguars week five, Pittsburgh felt that they would beat Jacksonville Saturday and their 10-1 record this season would have attested to that, if Blake Bortles didn’t have one of his best games yet. Bortles completed 16 of 26 passes for 214 yards, gained 35 yards in five rushes, and 0 interceptions. Rookie Leonard Fournette rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns.
Sources say that if Bortles and his team play at the level they did against the Steelers, that they have a chance against the Patriots this Sunday at 3:05pm ET. The Patriots are clearly not strangers to the AFC Championship, let alone being the victors in last years AFC Championship. This will be Tom Brady’s twelfth AFC Championship game, as he has continued to lead his team to another successful season.
Needless to say if both teams bring their A-game, we’re in for a neck and neck match up. If you look back to week 15, New England at Pittsburgh, you may recall a very close game. The Steelers controlled the majority of the first half of the game versus the Patriots, but the Patriots are known to rally and find a lead. What cost the Steelers the game was Ben Roethlisberger being intercepted in the end zone with just seconds left on the clock. With that said, the Jaguars are going to have to bring it the entire game– there is no letting up against Tom Brady because he will take advantage of the opportunities.
Jacksonville’s defense is more relentless and consistent than the Steelers defense, which will be a point of adjustment for the Patriots. Tight end Rob Gronkowski said, “it’s the best team we’ve faced all year,” which will stand to be a very true statement if the Jaguars defense, primarily their secondary, can contain Tom Brady’s weapons. It’s looking to be a very intense yet exciting AFC championship game this weekend, leading football fans to wonder if we will see some fresh and not so familiar faces in Super Bowl LII.
Kasey Hudson is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | email@example.com