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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is calling a heck of a game. He's one step ahead of Patriots defensive coordinator and soon-to-be-named Lions coach Matt Patricia. Hackett is using the entire field and is using backup RB Corey Grant.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Following that Patriots punt, our live win probability model makes this a 50/50 game.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Smart play-calling on that scoring drive to set up Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles. RPO (run-pass option), quick game and boot.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

For all the talk about Leonard Fournette and slowing him down, the Patriots are having more trouble with RB Corey Grant as a pass-catcher through the opening 16 minutes of action. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles has found Grant for gains of 20 and 24 yards, the latter of which exploited the Patriots' base defense, which is designed more to stop the run.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

This time our model thinks Belichick was too conservative. Punting, instead of going for it, on fourth-and-1 on their own 34-yard line lowered the Patriots' chance to win by 1.5%.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harrison snap tracker: He played 5 of 8 snaps on opening drive. Patriots using him, once again, as edge setter in base defense. He has played important role in helping team's run defense since his arrival Dec. 26. When he is isolated in coverage, that can create some issues for the defense.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Press-box announcement : Stephen Gostkowski 32 career postseason FGs, ties him with Gary Anderson for 3rd most all-time. Gostkowski has also scored 1 point in 24 straight postseason games, tying him with David Akers for 2nd most all-time (Adam Vinatieri first, 30).

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Our win probability model agreed with Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 on the opening drive. Attempting a field goal would have lowered the Patriots' chance to win by 1.1%. Breakeven percentage to justify going for it was 55.4% and league average in that situation is 65.3%. It's probably safe to assume the Patriots are better than league average.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

It'll be interesting to see how much Tom Brady uses the shotgun formation. During the regular season, he threw 73 percent of his pass attempts out of the gun. On the Patriots' opening drive, all six of his passes came in the gun, perhaps to protect his injured right thumb.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Rob Gronkowski used the nickname Danny "Playoff" Amendola to describe the veteran receiver after his standout performance last week against the Titans, and Amendola delivered again early in the AFC Championship Game by making a 20-yard catch on fourth-and-1 to set up the team's opening field goal.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

This Just In: Tom Brady still looks like Tom Brady.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Here. We. Go.

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Ryan picks Jags to upset Pats (0:42)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars call heads. Coin comes up heads. Jaguars defer choice to second half. Patriots will receive to open the game.

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Gordon takes Horford to the hole (0:16)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady to Westwood One Sports: "It was just a very fluke injury. It was something that's happened a lot of times over the course of my career and there was a collision in practice and, you know, my hand suffered a bit of an injury, but hopefully I can go out there and still be really effective and we'll see what I can do today."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

It's 50 degrees outside Gillette Stadium but Jaguars fans prepared for the worst and, no, that's not a reference to the Zubaz pants.

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Kyrie's persistence pays off on second-chance bucket (0:19)

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The program for today's AFC Championship Game; the seventh straight featuring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Respect to the kid who takes the road less traveled when going to the game with his dad.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady caps off his warmup with his standard long pass up the left sideline to Brandin Cooks. Overall, it looked like a regular warmup for Brady.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

They have dog masks today in Philadelphia for the underdog Eagles and GOAT masks today in New England for Tom Brady.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Jaguars fans are screaming "Duval!" as they pass each other at Gillette Stadium. Duval County is surprisingly well represented today.