But they'll face a Patriots team that's in a very familiar position: the prohibitive favorite to earn a spot in the Super Bowl. The offense went five-for-five on red-zone trips, while the defense held the Titans to just 5-of-15 on third downs including holding Tennessee without a first down for two-plus quarters as New England built a 21-7 halftime lead and then pulled away on the scoreboard.
Get ready, Philly. The Vikings are sailing into town.
"This is the biggest challenge we've faced all year", Brady said on WEEI, as transcribed by the Boston Herald.
Tom Brady and the big game-tested Patriots (14-3) square off against the sack-happy Jacksonville Jaguars (12-6) next Sunday in the AFC championship game in Foxborough, Massachusetts - with the victor headed to the Super Bowl.
In the NFC, Nick Foles and the resilient Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host Case Keenum and the surprising Minnesota Vikings (14-3) - in a matchup of teams that overcame losing their starting quarterbacks. I don't stop playing till the clock hit zero.
"There is not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw", said Brady, who has five Super Bowl rings.
However, nobody has rallied under the role underdog this season like the Jaguars. However, they did go on the road and beat the Steelers last weekend.
After the Jaguars' 45-42 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field yesterday afternoon, Jalen Ramsey and his teammates returned to EverBank Field in Jacksonville where they were greeted by fans at a post-game rally. They came up here, and instantly, they wanted to show that they were a good football team just like we are a good football team, and they did. "But we get to keep playing". It's all about getting there this year for all the work we've put in from April on. "We get an opportunity to go play in Foxborough for another week, so I'm just honored to be able to do this and especially with this group of guys".
Up Next: There is only one more victory needed for the New England Patriots to return to the Super Bowl, but it will have to come in the AFC Championship over the Jacksonville Jaguars or Pittsburgh Steelers.
National Football League fans have said for all eternity that "defense wins championships", and if that is to be believed, the Patriots are on their way to another ring.
"Talking is cool. You can do all the talking you want on Twitter, to the media, all of that, but when you get on the field, you're going to have produce".
The push on the interior starts with defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue, who will look to get around the edges and to the New England running backs before they even leave the backfield.
"The game's going to be decided by who plays the best, not who hypes the best or speaks the best".
The Patriots know how to do that, and they're masters of tuning out distractions. "I think everyone has different ways of handling things". That's why we're working, to get to these big games.
Sure, the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars are relative newcomers to this scene, having last reached this point following the 1999 season. "We try to stay in the moment, stay week to week", Slater said. After a rough finish to the regular season, that definitely created some optimism about what the team can accomplish with Foles at quarterback. That won't work. We're going to have to make some yards running the ball, but that's easier said than done, too.
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