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10-6, 1st in AFC South

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

One more Patriots route to look at vs. the Jags Cover 3 defense (see example below). Here, New England can run the post-wheel concept to clear some space for the underneath out route. With Chris Hogan (Z) running the post (pushing the CB down the field) and Brandin Cooks (W) releasing on the wheel (removing the curl defender), Danny Amendola (X) now has room to break on the out route. Work to the vacated zone on a high-percentage throw for QB Tom Brady. Good call on third down to move the sticks.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots can also use the play-action seam (see example below) in the AFC Championship vs. the Jags. By reducing the split of the Z receiver (run-alert for the defense), and pulling the guard on play-action, the Patriots can force the linebackers to attack downhill. And that creates an open window for QB Tom Brady to hit Rob Gronkowski (U) on the quick seam route.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Would expect the Patriots to run a bunch of Cover 3 beaters (three-deep, four-under zone) versus the Jags in the AFC Championship. This example (see below) allows QB Tom Brady to work the inside seams (Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan) with the shallow cross underneath (Brandin Cooks). The outside receivers? Basically decoys to hold the CBs (open up the windows to target the seam routes).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady previewed Patriots-Jaguars on his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI: "It's been a busy couple days. We practiced against them in training camp and we haven't seen much of them all year. Yesterday was a ton of film. It was good because it really kind of gets you focused on where you need to be. This is the biggest challenge we've faced all year. We've had a good offense. They've had the best defense. And that's always a challenge when you go up against those guys. When you watch them play over the course of the season, you can see why. There is not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw, and I think the whole secondary knows it. The linebackers know it. And they're aggressive. They take chances. They get a lot of turnovers. They have a really good scheme, and the quarterback is just under pressure all day."

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17hDan Graziano

The best and worst NFL free-agent signings of 2017

The Vikings signed a backup quarterback in an under-the-radar deal last March. Now that QB has them one game from the Super Bowl. Here are the deals that exceeded, met or fell short of expectations -- good and bad.

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17hMike Sando

Re-grading every NFL team's 2017 offseason

Few paid much attention last March when the Minnesota Vikings signed Case Keenum to a one-year contract for $2 million -- but that move became one of the most pivotal of the 2017 season. Here's how every team's offseason acquisitions look now.

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1dJeremy Fowler

DeCastro sides with Jags feeling disrespected

Steelers guard David DeCastro doesn't blame the Jacksonville Jaguars for feeling disrespected by the perception that Pittsburgh players were looking ahead to playing the New England Patriots.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

"We knew from the beginning they were a good football team." — Patriots safety Duron Harmon, reflecting on Jaguars-Patriots joint practices in August. Said Patriots expect Sunday to be their most physical game of the year.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater refers to the Jaguars as an "elite team" and Jalen Ramsey as an elite corner. Of Ramsey, Slater said, "When the good Lord made that guy, he said, ‘Let there be corner.' And there he is."

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The Nickel Package: Jaguars win a shootout over Pittsburgh

David Jacoby and Field Yates share their thoughts on the Jaguars' surprising win over the Steelers in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, including the play of Blake Bortles, Pittsburgh being forced to eat their words on not respecting Jacksonville, Antonio Brown's play despite his health, strange coaching decisions from Mike Tomlin of the Steelers and more.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson just walked through the locker room with a boot on his right foot.

Are Pats in trouble against Jags' D? (1:48)

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

This is among the signs on Airport Road that welcomes the Jaguars home.

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2dMichael DiRocco

Jags' Ramsey guarantees Super Bowl victory

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey predicted a Super Bowl victory in front of fans at EverBank Field who came to welcome home the team after its upset of the Steelers on Sunday.

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2dDan Graziano

The big question for the final four NFL playoff teams

Which Blake Bortles will show up against the Patriots? Can the Eagles get more out of Nick Foles against the Vikings? These are the major questions facing each of the NFL's remaining teams.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Four remain. Here are their respective chances of winning it all.

Team Stats

Passing Yards224.617th
Rushing Yards141.41st
Points For26.15th
Points Against16.82nd