Eagles thrash Vikings to set up Super Bowl showdown with Patriots

Vikings fans at Mr. D’s Bar & Grill react to a play in Sunday’s game against the Eagles. Steve Kuchera

The Patriots, who came back from a 28-3 second-half deficit to beat the Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI, were once again facing defeat in the AFC title game.

Told that Las Vegas had once again installed Philadelphia as the underdogs, right tackle Lane Johnson said, "I know". "I don't know if I ever will". But it was just a insane injury in practice. Friday, gained a little confidence.

"I just got to watch the tape", Bouye said, according to ESPN's Mike DiRocco.

Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns to Amendola for the Patriots (15-3), who'll play the victor of Sunday night's game between Minnesota and Philadelphia in Minneapolis on February 4.

The 24-20 victory over the Jaguars sent the Patriots to their third Super Bowl in four years.

Brady said he hoped to have the stitches out "pretty soon".

"This team, having Gronk go out and having [Danny] Amendola step up like that; Dion Lewis made that run at the end of the game after he had the only turnover in the game, just mental toughness is great", he said.

"It wasn't the biggest play I've made, but it was definitely one of the most important", he said. That is all we need.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold against the defending champions. Now with the New England Patriots, Harrison has found what the Steelers failed to give him with the Pats deploying his skills into the field more than Pittsburgh did this season.

FEW FLAGS: The Patriots' one penalty against the Jaguars is the fewest called on one team in a playoff game since the 2011 AFC championship - when the Patriots were called for just one in a win over Baltimore.

But Bortles said he didn't allow himself to start thinking about making it to the Super Bowl.

"I've had a lot worse". You go through adversity.

With Jacksonville facing fourth-and-15 on its 43, cornerback Stephon Gilmore reached in front of Bortles' pass to O'Shaughnessy to force a turnover on downs.

With Rob Gronkowski out with a concussion and Julian Edelman out with a preseason ACL tear, the Patriots didn't have many people left to throw to.

Brady warmed up without a glove on his hand, and he came out throwing.

Foles proved his mettle on the ensuing possession as he tossed a spectacular 53-yard touchdown pass to [Alshon] Jeffery on third-and-10, giving the Eagles a 21-7 lead with 1:09 remaining in the half. It's hard for him to take a step back and see how far the franchise has come since owner Shad Khan fired Gus Bradley on December 17, 2016.

He had seven catches (on nine targets) for 84 yards in the game.

"He's a big dude, and I was just trying to dislodge the ball, but I guess they felt it was too high of a hit", said Church, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

The Jaguars led 20-10 in the fourth quarter when Jack stripped the ball and started running for what could have been a touchdown.

The Patriots have won their last three playoff games when they've been losing by more than 10 points, and as the fourth quarter went on it became more and more inevitable that they would eventually take back the lead. "Yeah, it was just a really good cut".

The Vikings celebrated Kyle Rudolph's 25-yard touchdown catch from Case Keenum on their opening drive by mimicking the Olympic sport of curling for their TD celebration.



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