Patriots Fall to Jaguars 31-20 in AFC Championship Rematch
Monday, September 17, 2018
The loss is New England's first to Jacksonville since the 1998 AFC Wild Card Game.
The loss drops the Patriots to 1-1 on the season, Jacksonville improves to 2-0 on the year.
Patriots Rally Fall Short
The Jacksonville Jaguars jumped out to a 24-3 lead following a Josh Lambo 28-yard field goal with 7:50 left in the third quarter.
The Patriots would score their first touchdown of the game when quarterback Tom Brady found Chris Hogan in the back of the end zone to cut the Jaguars lead to 24-10 following a Stephen Gostkowski extra point.
Following a Gostkowski field that cut the Jaguars lead to 24-13, the Patriots would get the ball back after Kyle Van Noy picked off Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles.
On that possession, Brady would be sacked on a third and nine by Dante Fowler Jr. and fumble the ball, Fowler would recover the ball.
The Jaguars would seal the game when Bortles would hit Dede Westbrook for a 61-yard touchdown to take a 30-13 lead.
The Patriots would add a touchdown in the final minutes when Brady connected with Hogan for the second time in the game, but they were unable to get the ball back.
Brady finished the game completing 24 of 35 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was held to just two catches for 15 yards.
The Patriots return to action on Sunday, September 23 when they visit the Detroit Lions.
Game time is set for 8:20 p.m.
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Gisele Caroline Bündchen — According to press reports, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen tried to convince her husband to retire from football during this past offseason. After watching Gronk’s concussion in the AFC Championship and then Brandin Cook’s head injury in the Super Bowl, the pressure on Brady will only increase.
According to Sports Illustrated, Bündchen did it by trying to get Brady’s college teammate and friend Jay Feely to help her during a vacation this past spring.
Feely, a retired NFL kicker, told Sports Illustrated, “She was trying to get me to convince Tom to stop playing. She was dead serious.”
Feely says that he told Brady to "play as long as you can."
This news comes after Bündchen said in a May interview with CBS that Brady had suffered unreported concussions.
Dante Scarnecchia — The Patriots offensive line coach will be 70 years old on February 14. He retired once and was lured back by Bill Belichick. The two-years he was away, the Patriots offensive line was a mess and Brady took a beating. If he goes, Brady’s thought process on retiring may be impacted.
Emily Kelly — A New York Times opinion piece this past week titled, “I’m the Wife of a Former N.F.L. Player. Football Destroyed His Mind. He chose the sport, but he did not choose brain damage,” is a big impact story.
The piece was written by Emily Kelly. She wrote, “My husband, Rob Kelly, is a retired N.F.L. player. After five seasons as a safety beginning in the late 1990s, four with the New Orleans Saints and one with the New England Patriots, he sustained an injury to a nerve between his neck and shoulder during training camp that ended his career. By the time he retired in 2002 at 28, he had been playing tackle football for about two decades. Rob had no idea, however, that all those years of playing would have such serious consequences.
Kelly’s continued, “He went from being a devoted and loving father and husband to someone who felt like a ghost in our home. For a couple of months one winter he was so depressed and detached, he couldn’t muster up the energy to speak. My questions went unanswered until I simply stopped asking them. The silence was unnerving.”
Ever More Fragile Relationship Between Brady and Media — Call it the “WEEI pissant factor.” Despite Brady appearing on WEEI for years via a paid agreement, a WEEI host decided to call Tom Brady’s daughter an unflattering name. Brady was less than pleased.
For Brady, this year’s media relationship transformed from a decade-and-a-half love affair to a strained one.
Rob Gronkowski may retire. "I don't know how you heard that, but I mean I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure," Gronkowski said. "I'm going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I'm at."
It is harder to sleep soundly when you don't have your security blanket.
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