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Sunday, Jan. 21 2018 at 3:05 p.m. ET. Gillette Stadium (65,878)

The New England Patriots will host the AFC Championship Game this Sunday, Jan. 21, the 24th anniversary of the day Robert Kraft took ownership of the team.

The Patriots extended their streak to seven straight AFC Championship Games with a 35-14 win against the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Playoffs. It is the 14th AFC Title game in team history. The Patriots will host the AFC Championship Game for the eighth time and for the fifth time in the last seven years this Sunday when they play the Jacksonville Jaguars.


The Patriots are 9-4 in the AFC Championship Game, including a 6-1 record at home and a 5-1 mark at Gillette Stadium.

Pittsburgh, 16
San Francisco, 15
New England, 14
Dallas, 14
Oakland, 11
Denver, 10
L.A./St. Louis Rams, 9
Minnesota, 9


The Patriots will meet Jacksonville in an AFC Championship Game for the second time. The Patriots beat the Jaguars, 20-6, in the 1996 AFC Championship Game. That game was the Patriots first time hosting the Conference Championship game.

The Patriots have won all seven of the regular-season games between the clubs. The two teams have faced each other four times in the playoffs, including the 1996 AFC Championship Game at Foxboro Stadium.

The Patriots lead the Jaguars 3-1 in postseason games.

The first playoff game between the two teams was the 1996 AFC Championship Game at Foxboro Stadium. In that contest, the Patriots beat the Jaguars 20-6 to advance to Super Bowl XXXI. The Jaguars claimed a 25-10 win in the 1998 Wild Card Game, the Jaguars only victory against New England. The Patriots won a 2005 Divisional Playoff, 28-3, and a 2007 Divisional Playoff 31-20.

The last time the two teams played in the regular season was on Sept. 27, 2015, a 51-17 New England win at Gillette Stadium.

Tale of the Tape

**2017 Regular Season****New England****Jacksonville**
Divisional Standings1st1st
Total Yards Gained6,3075,855
Total Offense (Rank)394.2 (1)365.9 (6)
Rush Offense118.1 (10)141.4. (1)
Pass Offense276.1 (2)224.6 (17)
Points Per Game28.6 (2)26.1 (5)
Touchdowns Scored4947
Third Down Conversion Pct.40.637.4
Team Passer Rating102.684.4
Total Yards Allowed5,8564,578
Total Defense (Rank)366.0 (29)286.1 (2)
Rush Defense114.8 (20116.3 (21)
Pass Defense251.3 (30)169.9 (1)
Points Allowed/Game18.5 (5)16.8 (2)
Touchdowns Allowed 3329
Third Down Defense (Pct.)39.433.6
Field Goals Made/Attempted37/4030/35
Possession Avg.30:3731:47
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost35/20124/123
Sacks Made/Yards42/29955/356
Passing TD/Int. (Off.)32/821/13
Passing TD/Int. (Def.)24/1217/21
Penalties Against/Yards95/835112/936
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio+6 (11)+10 (5t)


Overall Record (including 3-1 in playoffs), 10-1

  • Record in New England, 7-0 (3-0 in playoffs)
  • Foxboro Stadium, 3-0 (1-0 in playoffs)
  • Gillette Stadium, 4-0 (2-0 in playoffs)

Record in Jacksonville, 3-1 (0-1 in playoffs)

Total Points, Patriots 303, Jaguars 173
Patriots Largest Margin of Victory, 34 points (09/27/15)
Patriots Largest Margin of Defeat, 15 points (01/03/99)
Highest Combined Point Total, 68 points (09/27/15)
Lowest Combined Point Total, 26 (01/12/97)
Games Decided by Seven or Fewer Points, 4
Current Win Streak, Patriots,seven games
Bill Belichick vs. Jacksonville, 7-2 (7-0 with New England)


The Jaguars are one of just four teams against which the Patriots own an undefeated regular season home record (4-0). The Patriots are 5-0 against Baltimore, 4-0 against Chicago and 5-0 against Houston.


The Patriots defense continued its great performance during the 1996 playoffs during their 20-6 win over the Jaguars. The Patriots were able to shut down Jaguars RB Natrone Means and contain QB Mark Brunell. Means was held to 43 yards, and Brunell passed for only 190 yards and threw two interceptions. The Jaguars had one final attempt to score. With the Patriots in front 13-6 with 2:36 left, LB Chris Slade knocked the ball from RB James Stewart. CB Otis Smith grabbed the loose ball out of the air and ran 47 yards for the touchdown.


Tom Brady has faced the Jaguars five times in his career in the regular season. Brady has also played Jacksonville two times in the postseason.


Jacksonville is one of seven NFL teams that Tom Brady has an undefeated regular season record against.


Tom Brady set a franchise record against the Jaguars on Dec. 27, 2009, when he finished with a completion percentage of 88.5, when he completed 23-of-26 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns. His 88.5 completion percentage in that game is tied for the 13th best completion percentage in NFL history (min. 20 attempts).

Brady set a postseason record and the record for best completion percentage in an NFL game when he completed 26-of-28 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns for a completion percentage of 92.9 in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Jaguars on Jan. 20, 2008 at Gillette Stadium.


TELEVISION:This week's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on WBZ-TV Channel 4 in Boston. Jim Nantzwill handle play-by-play duties with Tony Romo as the color analyst. Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feelywill work the sidelines. The game will be produced byJim Rikhoffand directed by Mike Arnold.

NATIONAL RADIO:This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience by WESTWOOD ONE. Kevin Kugler and Dan Foutswill call the game with Ed Werderproviding sideline analysis.

RADIO:98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network's 40 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socciwill call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis. The games are produced by Marc Cappello.


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