FOXBOROUGH — Chandler Jones played at Syracuse with his older brother, Arthur, in 2009, but at no time did the siblings ever play against each other on the gridiron.
When the Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game Sunday at Gillette Stadium, it will mark the first time the Brothers Jones will find themselves on the opposite sides of the gridiron, with Chandler a rookie defensive end for New England and Arthur a third-year defensive end for the Ravens.
They will be playing in front of a large gathering of family and friends from Endicott, N.Y., with an AFC title and a berth in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, La., at stake.
“It’s fortunate that I have the opportunity to play against my brother,” said Chandler, who didn’t expect the ankle he tweaked in last Sunday’s 41-28 divisional-round victory over the Texans to prevent him from playing against his brother’s team, the Ravens. “But it all boils down to us trying to win and achieve that goal.”
Jones, who was limited in the first two days of practice this week, was asked Thursday how confident he was about getting back on the field. “I’m doing everything I can to be out there and to play against the Ravens. I’m doing my best to get out there as soon as possible,’’ he said.
Chandler said his middle brother, Jon, an mixed martial arts fighter who last month rose to the No. 1 ranking among UFC heavyweights, would be in attendance at Gillette Stadium but did not divulge which team he’d be rooting for.
“I feel like it’s going to be a very exciting day for my family,” Chandler Jones said. “I feel like, win or lose, they’ll be very happy.”