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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

What a terrific game. The young upstarts are hanging on for dear life and the defending champs — minus Rob Gronkowski — are trying to figure out a way to steal this game. Can Tom (Thumb) Brady pull off another miracle?

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Bon Jovi is leading Gillette Stadium in singing "Livin' on a Prayer."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Zone-beater on the Tom Brady TD pass to Danny Amendola. Widen the curl defender on the weak side flat route and bring Amendola underneath on the shallow cross. Lot of room to work versus a linebacker in space.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Elliott, the same kicker who hit a 61-yard field goal to beat the Giants, was nailing 55-yarders with room to spare in both directions in warmups.

Tom Kingham ESPN UK 

Getting tense here in east London as the 'Union Jax' were frustrated as Brady guided the Patriots down the field.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Bortles answered in this situation twice last week against Pittsburgh. Jaguars need it again.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Danny Amendola is coming up huge for the Patriots: Three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown on their last drive, cutting the lead to three. His third-and-18 conversion — a diving catch — could be the turning point if the Patriots won this thing.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Should see plenty of these German Shepard dog masks throughout the stands at Lincoln Financial Field tonight.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars weren't able to take advantage of that turnover or run much time off the clock. At this point keeping Brady off the field is just as important as scoring points. Patriots, even without Gronkowski, can score quickly.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Dion Lewis' lost fumble early in the fourth quarter was his first of the season. His ball security had been exemplary to this point, which was part of the reason the Patriots felt so comfortable making him their lead option at the position.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Belichick's latest fourth-down decision (on fourth-and-2 at the Jaguars' 46-yard line) was also his most costly. Dropped New England's chance to win by 3%.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Same offensive line as last week: Reiff, Remmers, Elflein, Berger, Hill.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings have six wide receivers available today with Stacy Coley getting activated with Adam Thielen dealing with a lower back injury. So it's Thielen, Diggs, Wright, Floyd, Treadwell and Coley.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles starting MLB Dannell Ellerbe is inactive for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Vikings. He was questionable with a hamstring injury. Najee Goode and Kamu Grugier-Hill are options to help fill the void. Full inactives: W.Beatty, D.Ellerbe, M.Johnson, S.Jones, S.Means, E.Qualls, W.Smallwood

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings inactives: Teddy Bridgewater, Kyle Sloter, Mack Brown, Danny Isidora, Tashawn Bower, Cornelius Edison, Shamar Stephen. Second straight game Sam Bradford will serve as Case Keenum's backup over Bridgewater.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are getting beat every which way as we head into the fourth quarter, but never under-estimate a champion's heart.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti on tight end Ben Watson, a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award: "You don't have to spend much time with Benjamin to understand his passion for serving others. He is an exceptional person who has a unique ability to lead, educate and inspire. For him to be honored with this award is outstanding. He never looks for recognition, but he certainly deserves it."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Looked like the Jags were in three-deep coverage on the drop by Brandin Cooks. Perfect set-up for New England. Play-action with Chris Hogan holding the backside CB on a shallow route. Big window down the field to hit the deep crosser. Patriots should come back to that route when they have the ball in plus field position.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Again, our WP model thought Belichick was a little conservative there. The decision to punt on fourth-and-4 on the Jaguars' 47-yard line in the third quarter lowered the Patriots' chance to win by 1.8%.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Case Keenum, Kyle Sloter and Sam Bradford are on the field during warmups. Don't see Teddy Bridgewater out there yet.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

With Shamar Stephen out with a knee injury, rookie defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson should see an increase in playing time on the interior D-line today. Johnson played a total of 42 snaps on defense this season with his most playing time coming on New Years Eve when Stephen was out with an ankle injury. In that game, Johnson played 20 snaps on defense and three on special teams.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

K Josh Lambo's 54-yard FG was his 14th successful FG in a row. It also was, per the team, the longest postseason FG in franchise history.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars say LT Cam Robinson has a shoulder injury and is questionable to return.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen named one of the three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Situated two miles outside Jacksonville International Airport, this dining establishment has 14 TV's, all tuned into Jaguars/Patriots.