A tremendous AFC Championship Game is in the books and again, the New England Patriots demonstrated that short of a nuke or silver bullet to the heart, you can’t kill them.
Tom Brady engineered yet another fourth quarter comeback hitting Danny Amendola on a laser in the back of the end zone with just under three minutes to play for a 24-20 win.
The upstart Jaguars played very well, led for the entire game after their first TD in the first quarter made it 7-3. And, they have a tremendously bright future.
It’s also a record eighth time and counting, that Brady and coach Bill Belichick will play for a Super Bowl win in two weeks.
A bunch of great story lines.
So why, is everyone on the internet and social media, obsessed with the officiating, when it wasn’t really a factor, at all, much less, in a dramatic second half?
In fact, the only penalty called on either team was a pass interference on Jalen Ramsey of Jacksonville with 6:21 remaining against Brandin Cooks of the Patriots. And, the replays clearly showed it was the right call on Ramsey hitting and grabbing Cooks before the ball got there.
Oh, and the Jags defense, still leading 20-17 at that point, stuffed New England on the next three plays and forced a punt.
Never let the facts get in the way of a good narrative about the refs being in Robert Kraft’s pocket!
In fact, there was a properly officiated and replay reviewed strip fumble that went the Jaguars way. That was LB Myles Jack getting the ball out on Dion Lewis after he had made a catch.
They got it right and it was in the Jaguars favor.
Another point: there were only seven total penalties in the game.
Not 10, 12, much less more.
It was a mostly clean game. Period.
And while some are pointing to the second quarter, where A.J. Bouye was also flagged for P.I. on Cooks setting up the Pats first TD, that looked fairly obvious and correct, too.
Cooks is the Patriots best deep threat and Bouye was clearly using his body to impede him from getting to a ball that landed in bounds at the five yard line.
Earlier in the half, the Jags had two obvious false starts and Blake Bortles clearly did not get the snap off on a key third down before the play clock read 0 and deserved a delay of game.
What’s the beef there?
Now, if your argument is that the Patriots should have been called for more flags, then we need specifics.
It is worth noting and in the favor of the conspiracy crew, that New England became the first playoff team since, …. New England in 2011, to have a playoff game with only one penalty.
Still you have to have proof.
We come down on the side that you have to make your own breaks and luck.
The Patriots did that. The officials did not do it for them.
That’s why they are back in the Super Bowl, again.
News4 days ago
Report- Former USF coach Leavitt out as Oregon DC, FSU next?
Florida Gators6 days ago
Gators about to lose DC Todd Grantham to Bengals?
Florida State Seminoles2 days ago
FSU offensive line coach Greg Frey dismissed Friday morning
Miami Hurricanes1 week ago
Will Fields ruling mean Miami transfer QB Martell becomes eligible too?