Brady conundrum for Patriots

21 January 2018 21:51:05 GMTPlus11

The New England Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in the AFC Championship game with the hosts quarterback, Tom Brady, the center of attention.

Officially listed as questionable for the game at the Gillette Stadium, Brady injured his throwing hand in practice during the week.

The veteran signal caller required stiches and wore a glove in practice, but all indications are that the 40-year old is good to go.

How Brady reacts to being hit on that hand, a blow that is almost inevitable, could be the difference in the match-up.

The Patriots and Jaguars did not meet in the regular season, but did play in the first preseason game this year.

Blake Bortles played sparingly for the Jaguars while Brady did not take part in the 31-24 Jacksonville victory.

Interestingly Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were under center for New England and the duo are now in San Francisco and Indianapolis respectively with the 49ers and the Colts.

Brian Hoyer is now the back up for the Patriots and New England will face many questions should Brady be unable to play at any point.

The Patriots are 1.90 conceding a 7.5-point spread, while the Jaguars are 4.00 to win the game.

Over in Philadelphia the Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings will meet for the right to take on either the Jaguars or the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

For the second consecutive week the Eagles will be the underdog while playing at home at the Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia has embraced the role of the 'dog and attempted to make it a motivating factor.

The Eagles are 2.35 to beat the Vikings, with Minnesota 1.64 to win.

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