PATRIOTS VS. JAGUARS
Patriots 31, Jaguars 20
New England's perfect team has a perfect quarterback and Tom Brady threw a near-perfect game in a playoff victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He was silent for seven straight days, allowing him plenty of free time to take note of the gushing testimonials given on behalf of Jacksonville running backs Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. (Boston Globe)
That was work. The Jaguars had talked and talked, and once they got here they walked the walk. Big, tough, mean, and fearless, they played a game that would have beaten anyone else. (Boston Globe)
Inside the game
In basketball terms, this was a fast-break team proving it could win a half-court battle.
With Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte' Stallworth, and even Jabar Gaffney, the Jacksonville Jaguars can't be blamed for not paying too much attention to tight end Benjamin Watson.
It was an innocuous moment, a pass that glanced off Benjamin Watson early in the second half of a tight game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. (By Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe)
All week long, the Patriots were asked about the Jacksonville Jaguars and whether the AFC's fifth-seeded team posed, perhaps, the toughest draw in last night's divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. (Boston Globe, 1/13/08)
The Patriots' success has created opportunities for assistants to become head coaches elsewhere in recent years, and now it's stretched into the scouting department. (By Mike Reiss and Christopher L. Gasper, Boston Globe)
After Tom Brady's pass completion streak ended at 16 on the Patriots' first possession of the second half, the Jacksonville Jaguars might have thought they would remain in contention last night. (By Frank Dell'Apa, Boston Globe)