Brady hurt his right hand in practice on Wednesday after running back Rex Burkhead accidentally collided with him. Brady's hand became a national story this week, and he'll play with a glove on Sunday, something he openly dislikes. "But you don't know and today will be a great test". That kept a critical drive alive and before it was over Amendola had two more catches, including including a 9-yard touchdown that cut Jacksonville's lead to 20-17.
Jacksonville took a 20-10 lead on Josh Lambo's field goal on the second play of the fourth quarter.
The second-worst penalty on the drive (foreshadowing) set them behind the sticks, but the Jaguars faced a 3rd-and-7 from the New England 44, and they appeared to get it when Bortles hit Marcedes Lewis in the flat after he beat Patrick Chung in coverage.
Brady, who played with a wrap, completed 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards and the two touchdowns to Amendola. The latter was a questionable call, but it put New England on the doorstep of a touchdown. Just like last week, the Jaguars are using Blake Bortles in rollout and play-action passing.
The victory sent Brady and New England coach Bill Belichick to the Super Bowl for the eighth time, and they've won five National Football League championships together. The wildly inconsistent fourth-year pro was magnificent. He would need one if the ligament was completely torn. After the first, a pumped up Patriots defense quickly stopped Jacksonville.
Brady was able to lead the Patriots down the field following the play and a James White rushing touchdown brought the Patriots within 4 heading into halftime.
"He's the best quarterback to ever play the game", Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said.
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The Jaguars meet the Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday at Gillette Stadium in the fifth postseason matchup between the teams.
A video review actually went against the Patriots on an either-way replay and the fumble stood.
The Jags punted, and with 12:03 left the Patriots got the back at their 15. Or will New England roll?
After an exchange of punts, they went to work on their game-winning drive.
Tom Brady in a big game is about as much a certainty as the proverbial death and taxes.
Now: The Jaguars forced 33 turnovers this season while the Patriots forced just 18, but New England committed just 12 turnovers while Jacksonville had 23.
Now: After six straight seasons with double-digit losses, second-year coach Doug Marrone led Jacksonville back to the playoffs, and the Jaguars knocked off Buffalo in the wild-card round before an upset victory against Pittsburgh and two-time Super Bowl victor Ben Roethlisberger in the divisional playoffs.