Jacksonville Jaguars headed to New England as underdogs, and battled valiantly in AFC Championship

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Blake Bortles
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Blake Bortles /

The Jacksonville Jaguars headed to the cold weather as underdogs for the second week in a row. They played the greatest football dynasty of all time this week and didn’t win this time around.  Wait til next year!

The first half

The Patriots looked impressive early but had to settle for a field goal.  Then the Jaguars looked strong with a touchdown pass to Marcedes Lewis.  Next the Jacksonville added an impressive drive culminated by a great touchdown run by Leonard Fournette.  Unfortunately, a delay of game penalty forced the Jaguars to punt to end the next drive.

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The Patriots got the ball back with a little over two minutes to go. Barry Church was called for unnecessary roughness.  Then, sadly, an immediate pass interference penalty set up a touchdown for the New England. The Jaguars defense looked a little rattled after the touchdown. Coach Doug Marrone wisely ended the half ahead 14-10.

Blake Bortles looked great during the first half and the offense overall was impressive.  In addition, the defense was amazing until the final drive of the first half.

The second half

The second half started with a Josh Lambo field goal and then a punting festival.  At last, Jacksonville moved the ball to the plus side of the fifty. The third quarter ended.  Lambo started the fourth quarter with a field goal, to go up 20-10.  Suddenly Myles Jack forced a fumble and the Jaguars were in business again.  But the team punted again, and Brady Magic began to move the ball and a touchdown followed.  Surely it’s time for the Jaguars offense to shine. However the Patriots scored again with 2:48 left in the game to take a 24-20 lead, and Jacksonville couldn’t answer.


I am so proud of my Jaguars. Blake Bortles played well and the defense was great as usual. Remember the team won only three games last year.  Amazingly they played for the AFC championship this year.  No one gave them a chance to win more than four or five games. Moreover, the men in teal played like champions from beginning to end.  Each Jaguar played his heart out.  Look out for those Jaguars in the future.  They are a team to be reckoned with.