Pats return to the Super Bowl
The New England Patriots are heading to the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in two weeks time to play the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
This, after rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro in the AFC Championship game.
Veteran quarterback Tom Brady, played with stitches in his throwing hand and after a slow start completed 26-of-38 for 290 yards and two scores. Down at the half and heading into the fourth quarter, Brady completed two touchdown passes, of 9 and 4 yards to Danny Amendola as the Patriots overcame a 20-10 deficit.
Amendola had seven receptions for 84 yards and the two scores while Brandin Cooks, picked up for a first and a third round pick in an aggressive offseason trade, had 100 yards on six receptions.
It's now on to the US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, to play the Eagles in the Super Bowl.
New England will be installed as the early favorite as they look to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since they themselves go the better of the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowls' XXXVIII and XXXIX in February of 2004 and 2005.
The Patriots will fancy their chances in their eighth trip to the title game, a remarkable record, for the combination of Brady and head coach Bill Belichick who have only lost to the New York Giants, twice, in the Super Bowl.
The Patriots are 1.44 to win the Super Bowl and the Eagles are priced at 2.87.
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