Patriots keep rallying for the win
The New England Patriots will hope they don't need to rally on Sunday when they play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
That the Patriots are more than capable of doing so should they need to is, of course, a given, but it's a habit that at some point will burn New England even as they have created iconic moments in the process.
Last year's Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons was a perfect example as Tom Brady and company rallied from a 28-3 3rd quarter deficit to win 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI at the NRG Stadium in Houston.
This season New England has trailed in post-season games against the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Patriots spotted the Titans a 7-0 advantage before easing to a comfortable 35-14 victory in the AFC Divisional Playoff, but the Jaguars were a more pesky bunch, holding a 20-10 4th quarter lead before Brady connected twice with Danny Amendola for a 24-20 triumph.
Despite the loss Jacksonville announced themselves on the NFL stage once more and the Jaguars seem likely to be a serious contender for a number of years with a strong defense and a very useful running game.
The question of whether Jacksonville goes all in with quarterback Blake Bortles is something that will be addressed in the off-season, but the Patriots probably saw the start of a rivalry in the AFC Championship game.
New England are 2.70 to win Super Bowl LII, with the Philadelphia Eagles 1.50.
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