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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.

Tom Kingham ESPN UK 

How London celebrated Marcedes Lewis' TD....

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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.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

So the Jaguars' wrinkle for this game appears to be Corey Grant. Been in often and has two catches for 44 yards. Jaguars are getting him on the edge so he can use his speed. Working well.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints punter Thomas Morstead has promised to match 10 percent of all donations that come in Sunday to his Louisiana Child Life campaign as a way to "keep the spirit going" of the fantastic charity campaign that exploded this week after being started by one Vikings fan. Morstead's “What You Give Will Grow” charity has raised more than $300,000 this week after Vikings fans began donating out of respect for the way he played through the pain of torn rib cartilage and came onto the field for the final kneel-down play in last week's playoff loss. After more than $200,000 of those donations went to Children's Minnesota, the hospital asked that donations be redirected back to Louisiana, where nearly $100,000 has been raised so far.

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%.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacksonville had the right idea on third down. Underneath crosser that forces Patriots CB Malcom Butler to work through a little traffic on the release. WR Marqise Lee had separation. Just need a better throw from QB Blake Bortles to move the sticks.

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).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jags used the FS almost as a "rover" on that 3rd down stop in the red zone. That allowed Jacksonville to match Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski up the field with the FS in a position to take away any inside break.

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.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Jaguars defense stiffens in the red zone, hold Patriots to minus-2, 0, minus-1 yard on three snaps. Last was a sack by Dante Fowler.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Aaron Colvin got caught up in a pick on that fourth-down throw, which is why Telvin Smith was in pursuit.

Tim McManus ESPN Staff Writer 

This is TJ from Reading, PA. He bought his bulldog mask off Amazon for about 30 bucks. Says it smells like mothballs. "I put it on, and once I get used to the burning in my throat, I just want to start barking."

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

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

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Here. We. Go.

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.

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.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

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

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Zimmer is sitting in the front seat of the Vikings bus outside the team hotel. He was just videoing the scene of fans.