2018-01-21 15:50:03
A.F.C. Championship: Patriots vs. Jaguars Live Updates

15:50, January 21 121 0

• The Jaguars took a 7-3 lead over the Patriots on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Marcedes Lewis.

• Stay here for live updates and analysis from the A.F.C. Championship game in Foxborough.

How to watch: CBS has the broadcast, but the game can be streamed on Yahoo’s Sports app.

The Jaguars defense produced a quick three-and-out, and given another chance on offense, Jacksonville was far more aggressive. The change in strategy paid off with a smooth-as-butter 76-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to Marcedes Lewis. With the extra-point, the Jaguars are now on top 7-3.

Once they got the ball back, the Jaguars went to work immediately with a 20-yard catch-and-run by Corey Grant. They then had a series of solid gains with a 7-yard pass from Blake Bortles to Marqise Lee, a pair of runs by Leonard Fournette that combined for 10 yards, and a nice pass by Bortles that found Keelan Cole on the sideline for an 11-yard gain.

The first quarter ended after Cole’s reception, but after changing sides of the field, the Jaguars picked up right where they left off with another impressive catch-and-run by Grant that went for 24 yards.

Set up with a 1st-and-goal at the New England 4-yard line, everyone was expecting a Fournette run up the middle, but Bortles faked to his power back before lofting a pass over the right side of the line for the Lewis touchdown.

The Jaguars stayed true to their style of football on their opening drive, running the ball and going for conservative passes, but a pair of dropped balls resulted in them punting away the ball after picking up 23 yards.

Jacksonville started the drive from their own 26-yard line and they alternated between runs up the middle by Leonard Fournette and passes by Blake Bortles, which were on their mark even if they lacked much zip on them.

But after picking up two quick first downs, the Jaguars stalled thanks to a badly dropped pass by T.J. Yeldon on 2nd-and-8 from the Jacksonville 49-yard line, and a more difficult drop from Marqise Lee on 3rd-and-8.

Often mocked, the Jaguars succeeded this season by executing their game plan each and every week. Dropping easy passes that Bortles threw accurately could be a major problem.

New England is up 3-0 after a drive that showed some serious promise before fizzling out in the red zone.

The Patriots got the ball first and Tom Brady immediately completed a 5-yard pass to Dion Lewis and a 31-yarder to Brandin Cooks. The offense then managed just 8 yards on three short plays — a short run by Brady, a reverse to Rex Burkhead and a short completion to Burkhead — before aggressively going for it on 4th-and-2 with Brady tossing a high floater of a pass that somehow found its way into Danny Amendola’s hands for a 20-yard gain, putting the Patriots in the red zone.

Jacksonville then tightened things up considerably, and a sack on 3rd-and-goal from the 12-yard line forced New England to send Stephen Gostkowski in for the 31-yard kick.

Despite having a stitched-up hand that was the subject of a great deal of speculation, Brady looked perfectly comfortable on the opening drive, completing all six of his passes for 57 yards.