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Foles outduels Brady to give Eagles their first Super Bowl

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Foles did his best Tom Brady impersonation, leading a late-game comeback to cap a season that began as a backup and ended as Super Bowl MVP.

Foles’ journey mirrored Brady’s 16 years ago and ended late Sunday night, with green-and-white confetti falling as delirious Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrated their first NFL title since 1960.

No quarterback has gone from backup to title game MVP in one season since Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe in the 2001 season. Foles topped the 40-year-old Brady, football’s greatest winner, in the most prolific offensive game in NFL history, with the Eagles defeating the favored New England Patriots 41-33.

Foles finished it off by engineering the type of game-winning drive that made Brady famous, and he watched his defense stop Brady to seal the victory and the Eagles first Super Bowl — their earlier titles came before the Super Bowl era.

“The stage was never too big for him all year,” said Zach Ertz, who caught the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass from Foles with 2:21 remaining. “To get in a shootout with that guy on the other team is probably not ideal for anyone ever. The guy is the best quarterback to ever play the game.”

But on this night Brady played second fiddle to Foles despite throwing for a playoff record 505 yards. Foles was nearly as prolific with 373 yards and three touchdown passes and also caught a TD pass for the Eagles (16-3). Brady dropped his own chance at a reception on a trick play by the Patriots (15-4).

That all added up to Foles becoming the first backup quarterback to win the Super Bowl since Brady beat two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner to win his first title 16 years ago.

Brady never gave up the job he got after Bledsoe got hurt early that season. He has gone on to win a record five Super Bowl titles. After throwing his third touchdown pass, to Rob Gronkowski, with 9:22 to play to give the Patriots their first lead of the game, he seemed poised for a sixth.

That’s when Foles stepped up with the drive of his life to give Philadelphia a championship in a season many wrote off after Carson Wentz injured his knee in Week 14.

Foles drove the Eagles 75 yards, converting a fourth-and-1 with a 2-yard pass to Ertz near midfield and then capping it with the pass to Ertz that needed to survive a replay review to make sure Ertz held onto the ball long enough for a score.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this, but I felt good,” Foles said. “I felt calm. I think the big thing that helped me was knowing that I didn’t have to be Superman. I have amazing teammates.”

One of those teammates delivered the key defensive play on a night when the offenses combined for 1,151 yards — the most in any modern NFL game. With Brady poised to lead one of his memorable comebacks, Brandon Graham knocked the ball out of his hand for a fumble that rookie Derek Barnett recovered with 2:09 to play.

“When the fourth quarter came we had to go out there and make a stop,” Graham said. “As a defense we hadn’t been doing it all game. The offense carried us all the way through. At the end of the day we kept coming.”

Jake Elliott tacked on a field goal and the game ended when Brady’s desperation heave to the end zone fell to the turf, sending the Eagles out on the field in celebration and Brady to the ground in despair.

“I don’t think anyone wallows on our team,” Brady said. “We’re a competitive team. Played hard. Didn’t make enough plays or score enough points.”

The questions after the game immediately turned to the future with Foles expected to return to the backup role when Wentz is healthy. In the other locker room, Brady was asked if he would come back for another run at age 41.

“I expect to be back,” he said. “It’s 15 minutes after the game ended, so I would like to process this. I don’t see why I wouldn’t be back.”

Brady did just about all he could to win the game, with his most glaring miss coming as a receiver on a trick play in the first half when he dropped a pass from receiver Danny Amendola.

Foles topped him in that role with his touchdown late in the first half that made him the first player to catch and throw a TD pass in the same Super Bowl.

On fourth down from the 1, Foles motioned into the slot, while rookie Corey Clement took a direct snap. Clement pitched to tight end Trey Burton, a former quarterback at Florida. Foles slid into the right side of the end zone, uncovered and caught the touchdown on a play coach Doug Pederson calls “Philly Special.”

“Yeah, that was something we’ve been working on, and Doug and I were talking, and he was like, ‘Let’s just run it.’ It was a good time,” Foles said. “And the end was a little wider than I thought, so I was like, ‘I really need to sell like I’m not doing anything.’

“And it worked, Trey made an amazing throw. I just looked it in and, yeah, we’ve repped it for a while, so I was excited to get it run in the Super Bowl.”

That gave the Eagles a 22-12 halftime lead but Brady led three straight second-half touchdown drives — two to Gronkowski. Foles kept pace with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Clement and another drive for a field goal that kept the Eagles in it until the dramatic finish.

“It kind of felt like whoever had the ball last could win this game, and we were just fortunate enough to put ourselves in a position to end the game with that drive for the touchdown,” Pederson said. “Our defense stepped up and did a nice job to finish it for us.”

All that was left was the celebration and yet another rendition of “Fly Eagles Fly.”

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Jaguars Upset Ravens 28-27

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Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida Sports Channel)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida Sports Channel) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) beat the Baltimore Ravens (7-4) 28-27 on their first visit to TIAA Bank Field since 2016. This was an exciting game with multiple lead changes before the Jaguars closed it out with seconds to spare. 

Today’s game started 25 minutes later than the 1:00 p.m. planned kickoff, due to heavy rains. Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the weather was perfect for the whole game. Ravens K Justin Tucker put up a 27 yard field goal to cap off Baltimore’s first drive. He added a 29 yard three pointer later in the first quarter, to put the Ravens up 6-0 heading into the second.

The Jaguars scored with a 28 yard touchdown pass from QB Trevor Lawrence to RB JaMycal Hasty on their first drive of the quarter. K Riley Patterson added an extra point to put the Jags ahead 7-6. But Justin Tucker’s 55 yard field goal returned the lead to the Ravens, 9-7, until Patterson’s 22 yard field goal gave the lead back to the Jaguars, 10-9 heading into the half.

Justin Tucker added a 24 yard field goal to put the Ravens up 12-10 midway through the third, the only points scored that quarter.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards scored a 1 yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, followed by Justin Tucker’s extra point, to extend the Ravens lead 19-10. But a 1 yard Trevor Lawrence touchdown pass to WR Jamal Agnew followed by Riley Patterson’s extra point narrowed the Jaguars’ deficit to two points. Soon after, a fumble by Ravens SS Andrew Wingard was recovered by Jaguars CB Tevaughn Campbell, which later set up a 29 yard Riley Patterson field goal, to put the Jaguars ahead 20-19. But QB Lamar Jackson’s first touchdown pass of the game, a 12 yarder to TE Josh Oliver, was followed by a Jackson to TE Mark Andrews two point conversion, to put the Ravens up 27-20. The Jaguars final drive ended with a 10 yard Trevor Lawrence to WR Marvin Jones Jr. touchdown pass, and they succeeded in scoring a Lawrence to Zay Jones two point conversion, which put the Jags up 28-27. Justin Tucker was unable to score a 67 yard field goal as time expired.

Today’s first DUUUVAL was delivered by actor Asher Grosman who stars in the CBS sitcom, Ghosts, and is a lifelong Jaguars fan.

Actor Asher Goodman on the field before delivering the First DUUUVAL. Photo credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida Sports Channel)

Trevor Lawrence finished with 321 yards and 3 touchdowns. JaMycal Hasty led the Jaguars rushing with 28 yards. Zay Jones was the leading receiver with 145 yards.

Today’s attendance was 59,560. The Jaguars travel to Detroit to face the Lions next Sunday, 12/4. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. at Ford Field. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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Jaguars Beat Raiders to End Five Game Losing Streak

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida Sports Channel) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) ended their five game losing streak, beating the Las Vegas Raiders (2-6) by a score of 27-20 in front of their home team crowd. The Jaguars’ offense looked a little sluggish early on, perhaps because of the challenges of traveling back from London after their game against the Denver Broncos. The Jags have traditionally had their bye week right after their overseas game at Wembley Stadium, but this season, Jacksonville won’t get their bye until week eleven of this season. Fortunately, the team’s offense kicked in for the second half of the game and finished strong.

The Raiders were the first to score late in the first quarter with QB Derek Carr’s 25 yard touchdown pass to WR Davante Adams. K Daniel Carson added the extra point, putting the Raiders up 7-0 heading into the second quarter.

Daniel Carlson kicked a 38 yard field goal less than a minute into the quarter, extending the Raiders lead to 10-0. On the Raiders next drive, Derek Carr added a 38 yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams, followed by another Carlson extra point, bringing the score to 17-0. But the Jaguars followed with a drive led by RB Travis Etienne Jr., whose one yard touchdown run put the first points on the board for the Jaguars. K Riley Patterson’s extra point narrowed the Raiders lead to 17-7. A second 38 yard Carlson field goal extended the Raiders lead to 20-7. Patterson’s 44 yard field goal as time on the clock expired had the Jaguars down 20-10 at the half.

Travis Etienne Jr.’s 1 yard touchdown run. Photo credit: Rafael Crisostomo (Florida National News)

The Jaguars’ first drive of the second half ended with a seven yard touchdown pass from QB Trevor Lawrence to WR Christian Kirk, and a Riley Patterson extra point, making the score 20-17. Rain had some fans running for cover for part of the quarter, but the score remained 20-17 at the end of the third, and the sunny skies returned.

The Jaguars scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Travis Etienne Jr. ran five yards into the end zone, and Riley Patterson added an extra point. The Jaguars moved into the lead for the first time of the game, up 24-20. The quarter also featured a shirtless fan who ran downfield before he was finally tackled by security and escorted off the field by police. Riley Patterson missed a 41 yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter, as the ball bounced off the right goal post. But the Jags were able to stop the Raiders from scoring, and Patterson redeemed himself with a 48 yard field goal. The Jaguars defense succeeded in stopping the Raiders, including a sack of Derek Carr by DE Dawuane Smoot and an interception by LB Devin Lloyd, as the Jaguars won 27-20.

Today marked the Jaguars’ “Salute to Service” game, which is the NFL’s year-round commitment to honor, empower, and connect with the nation’s service members, veterans, and their families.

Salute to Service. Photo credit: Rafael Crisostomo (Florida National News)

The last time the Raiders faced the Jaguars was the final game at Oakland Coliseum on Dec. 15, 2019. This was their first regular season matchup since the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020. In their ten games against each other, the Jaguars record is now 6-4.

Trevor Lawrence finished with 235 yards and a touchdown. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars rushing with 109 yards and two touchdowns. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 76 yards and a touchdown.

Today’s attendance was 62,758. The Jaguars travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday, 11/13. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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Jaguars Lose To Giants For 19th Loss in a Row to NFC Foes

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida Sports Channel) – The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their 19th game in a row to NFC teams with today’s 23-17 defeat against the New York Giants. The Jags’ last NFC victory was against the Giants in the opening game of the 2018 season.

The Giants scored on their first nine play drive, which was capped off by a 32 yard QB Daniel Jones touchdown pass to WR Darius Slayton, followed by K Graham Gano’s extra point. But the Jaguars responded with their own six play drive, highlighted by a seven yard RB Travis Etienne Jr. sprint past the goal line. After a two-point conversion on another Etienne run, the Jags led 8-7, which remained the score at the end of the first quarter.

Travis Etienne Jr. scores (Photo credit: Rafael Crisostomo)

Early in the second quarter, the Jags fell short of scoring another touchdown, but K Riley Patterson’s 27 yard field goal extended their lead to 11-7. The Giants responded on their next drive with a 33 yard field goal by Graham Gano, to bring New York just a point behind Jacksonville. The Jags came close to scoring, but the Giants’ FS Xavier McKinney forced a Travis Etienne Jr. fumble that was recovered by NY’s SS Julian Love in the end zone. That scoring drive ended with yet another 33 yard field goal by Gano, putting the Giants up 13-11 at the half.

Early in the third quarter, Travis Etienne Jr. excited Jaguars fans with a 49 yard run. That scoring drive later ended with a 1 yard QB Trevor Lawrence touchdown run. But Riley Patterson missed the extra point, which was blocked by CB Nick McCloud. But the Jags were up 17-13. The Jaguars defense also did a fine job stopping the Giants from scoring on their next drive, thwarting a pass attempt by Daniel Jones to WR Marcus Johnson on 4th down with 2 yards to go on the Jacksonville 3 yard line. The Jags also stopped the Giants’ next drive, as well. The score remained 17-13 at the end of the quarter.

A defensive interference penalty by Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell set up a one yard touchdown run by the Giants’ Daniel Jones. After Graham Gano’s extra point, the Giants pulled ahead 20-17. A 34 yard field goal by Gano extended the Giants lead to 23-17. The Jaguars put up a valiant effort in the final minute of the game, advancing to the one yard line, before time ran out.

Trevor Lawrence finished with 310 yards and a rushing touchdown. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars rushing with 114 yards and a touchdown. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 96 yards. OL Cam Robinson suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter and was out for the rest of the game.

Today’s attendance was 65,664, the highest at TIAA Bank Field this season, though there were many more blue than teal jerseys in the seats. Next week, the Jaguars travel overseas to take on the Denver Broncos at London’s Wembley Stadium. Kickoff will be Sunday, 10/30 at 9:30 a.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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