New England Patriots: Rex Burkhead expected back for AFC Title Game

COMING TO A HEAD Rob Gronkowski approaches the podium yesterday at Gillette Stadium where Patriots and Jaguars helmets sit with the Lamar Hunt Trophy

New England Patriots: Rex Burkhead expected back for AFC Title Game

These kinds of teams have given Tom Brady fits. And even though Jacksonville's defense will be better in this game than against Pittsburgh, the Jaguars won't have enough to keep the Patriots completely out of the end zone.

It's been said that this is a quarterback's league and the best quarterbacks are the ones that make it the farthest in the playoffs. I can't say the same about Bortles or Foles. Personally, I am sick and exhausted reading about teams making excuses for why they lose. "I defend my brother, no matter what". The previous two times Jacksonville got to this point, in 1996 and '99, it suffered blowouts at Foxborough and at home to Tennessee.

The young group is looking to earn respect on the national stage after going without a primetime game during the regular season.

"I'm sure there will still be tons of people that are going to disapprove or talk negative or hate or do whatever they want", quarterback Blake Bortles said.

"[The stat line] doesn't matter when you give them 14 more". That is all we did. First of they are at home, and outside. Things were said. They had to back it up.

The toughest challenge lies ahead. The New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars will square off this Sunday with superstar Tom Brady knowing what to expect from a team that can be relentless on an opposing quarterback.

The total has gone under in three of the Jaguars' last four games against the Patriots. Coaches do. Players do.

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All four of these teams deserve to be here because they are built as teams and not just about one player. It's a theme we'll hear all week.

"I don't think we like it". With his ability to run, catch, and play special teams, Burkhead is a unique weapon for the Patriots. "I'm excited to come back next year", Roethlisberger said in response to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that he's told teammates he's open to playing three more seasons.

"I think they'll beat the Patriots", Jags fan Bill Freeman said. In the first game, the Giants had five sacks, hit Brady nine other times and held the Patriots to 45 rushing yards.

Jacksonville has a good chance of winning but must play smart.

Something similar happened on the first drive of the game when Bortles threw a short pass in the flat to tight end Ben Koyack, who gained 21 yards without a Steelers defender close to him. The focus has shifted to preparing for Philadelphia.

"We going to the Super Bowl, and we gonna win that b--!" "There's always good and always bad in some of the games, but we made some critical errors in that game that could have got us beat".

In the NFC, second-seeded Minnesota (13-3) welcomes fourth-seeded New Orleans (12-5) for the second time this season. The Vikings too should have lost but Keenum and Diggs did the Impossible (failed Saints defensive play and lineament in a cover 2 coverage on that final play) and scored with 10 seconds left. We have to be a complete unit that understands it's one agenda.

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