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News Blitz 1/15: Recapping Titans, looking ahead to Jags
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The NFL is down to its final four as the Patriots are joined by Jacksonville, Philadelphia and Minnesota for conference championship weekend.
ESPN.com looks at the four remaining teams and has a question for each of them. The Boston Globe says Jags boss Tom Coughlin is the last guy the Patriots want to see given their history against the former Giants had coach. The Boston Herald takes a look at Sunday’s matchup between the Patriots and Jaguars. NESN.com doesn’t believe Sunday’s game will be a cakewalk.
Looking back at the Patriots divisional round victory over the Tennessee Titans, Bill Belichick had some praise for Geneo Grissom, who helped draw a key penalty against the Titans special teams. Danny “Playoff” Amendola once again came up big when he needed to most. The use of a spy against Marcus Mariota led to a record eight sacks for the Patriots. MassLive.com looks at the Jags matchup and offers five keys to the game. NESN.com offers 12 plays that defined the Patriots win over Tennessee.
The Boston Globe says the Patriots used some tempo on offense to get things going Saturday night. Rob Gronkowski is looking forward to keeping the Patriots momentum going in the playoffs. The Patriots qualified for their seventh straight AFC title game, a feat that really lack historical comparison.
The Boston Herald looks at the strong play along both lines in Saturday’s win over Tennessee.
The Patriots signed veteran linebacker James Harrison late in the season and his role is growing each week. MassLive.com says the knee injury suffered by tackle LaAdrian Waddle is not believed to be serious. Various reports indicate Rex Burkhead is on target to return for the Jaguars game.
NBC Sports Boston says the Patriots don’t need to apologize for the fact that upsets knocked out potentially challenging playoff opponents for them.
In other news, ESPN.com has Matt Patricia poised to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions. Former Patriots assistant coach Brian Daboll is the new offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.
ESPN.com says Brady’s upcoming documentary series is a chance to document a watershed moment.