Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.
Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship on Sunday.
Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots. It’s the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times including last year’s 34-28 overtime rally against the Atlanta Falcons.
Brady had come out for warm-ups and completed his first six passes including a 20-yarder to Amendola on fourth-and-one from the Jaguars 30 for 57 yards to march the Patriots down the field. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr, and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal.
On first-and-10 from the Patriots 40, Brady threw a long pass for Gronkowski, who was injured when he got popped by Barry Church just as the ball was arriving. Church was called for unnecessary roughness, putting the ball at Jacksonville’s 45.
AJ Bouye was called for pass interference on the next play on an incomplete throw for Brandin Cooks. The 32-yard penalty put the ball at the Jaguars 13. After a 12-yard catch by Cooks, James White ran it in from the one to make it 14-10 with 55 seconds left.
Josh Lambo gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead 4:37 into the third quarter with a 54-yard field goal. He added a 43-yarder 8 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-point game.