It looked all too familiar Sunday night.
Down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, the defending champion Patriots were able to come back, yet again, to win 24-20 and make it to their second Super Bowl in a row and third in the last four years.
After the Jags took a 20-10 lead with 14:52 left to play in the game and seemed to be in control.
The Patriots led by first ballot Hall of Famer Tom Brady were able to rally a comeback, like they’ve always done, and eventually, win the game.
Given enough chances, Brady showcased why he is a great quarterback leading the Pats on two late scoring drives. The first an eight play 85-yard drive, then a five play 30-yard drive started and finished beautifully by Danny Amendola.
That was expected.
When they look back, the Jags squandered a few drives down the stretch to give the Pats the life to come back, and that will haunt them for awhile. On their last four possessions in the 4th quarter, they had: a punt, a punt, a punt, and a turnover on downs with the game in the balance.
The Jags did a lot right during this AFC Championship match-up. They pressured Brady all night and stopped the run majority of the game.
When the going gets tough, the tough will find a way, which is precisely what Brady and the Patriots did.
A few missed opportunities by the Jags, like two 3 and outs in the final four possessions, and the missed wheel route to Leonard Fournette that might have been a TD gave the Patriots a door to crawl through.
For the second season in a row we saw a team outplay the Patriots for three quarters but in the fourth give the Patriots too many opportunities to come back. Last February, it was the Falcons, who gave up a 28-3 lead to eventually lose the Super Bowl in OT.
Sunday was the 11th fourth quarter or Overtime comeback for a playoff win for Brady.
The Jags played a great at times but in the end, they fizzled and it wasn’t enough.
One thing for sure is this team, it sure looks like, will be back and can be a force in the AFC for years to come.
It will just sting for awhile, that they let Tom Brady have a chance to beat them, and he did it.
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