What we learned from Patriots win over the Titans

SUPERBOWL     More activities on Nicollet Mall before Super Bowl

SUPERBOWL More activities on Nicollet Mall before Super Bowl "Each day is going to start to feel more like the Super Bowl for everyone

At least, that's how the Patriots' impending journey has been portrayed.

Can any of the other three quarterbacks keep Brady from his sixth Super Bowl ring? I have "sources" telling me Carson Wentz might have placed a curse on any team who plays Nick Foles at home to lose until he gets back. "I don't know how many years it's been since we quarterback sneaked". In the meantime, they have to prepare for the visit of the Jacksonville Jaguars to Gillette Stadium on Sunday for the AFC Championship Game (3:05 p.m.; CBS).

As of now, 68 percent of the bets are going to the Patriots at minus-9 against the Jaguars.

Despite surrendering 42 points to the Steelers, the Jaguars sported one of, if not the, best defense in the league.

"There's a reason why they're in this game", Brady said.

Safety Duron Harmon, asked the same question, said, "Hey, man, Jalen Ramsey's a good player".

Looking back on the Jaguars in August and now in the conference title game, Solder said, "It's a unique scenario, but I'm not surprised because we knew that they were good then as we know that they're good now".

But that barn-burner of a game ended up serving only as the appetiser for the stone-cold classic that followed, where the Minnesota Vikings contrived to throw away a 17-0 lead, be 21-20 down with one play and 60-odd yards remaining and somehow still win. The Eagles ranked fourth in points (18.4), yards (307) and takeaways (31) and 15th in sacks (31).

The Patriots aren't all about Brady, either.

Those 11 matchups include four playoff games: the 1996 AFC Championship Game, the 1998 wild-card, the 2005 wild-card round and the 2007 divisional round. Internally, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has been described as a "miracle worker" in recent weeks. Didn't they have to face the Jaguars first before reaching a rematch with the Super Bowl champions?

Alabama has had 40 alumni play in the Super Bowl, with 28 on the winning team, including a current streak of five years with a victor. This set a franchise postseason record.

UNDERACHIEVERS: Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown returned from a left calf injury to catch seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

The Minnesota Vikings - and quarterback Case Keenum - shouldn't even be here.

Particularly in the first half of their game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles were having serious trouble hanging on to the football. Instead, he was just expressing the confidence he has in Jacksonville's chances this weekend. More recently in their last three meetings, that margin increases with Patriots winning all three by an average score of 36.33 to 13.33.

So while there's no competition between Brady and Bortles, that's also true in a literal sense.

Now the Jaguars executive vice president of football operations, Coughlin might not be standing across from Bill Belichick on the sideline, but his Jaguars do have one thing in common with those Giants teams - an elite pass rush.

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