What you need to know before Sunday’s Patriots-Jaguars game

Tom Brady
The words on the ring message board read "Patriots Win", which they did, sending Tom Brady and his teammates back into the bright lights of their seventh consecutive AFC Championship game. –Jim Davis / The Boston Globe

JAGUARS (12-6) at PATRIOTS (14-3)

Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, CBS

Opening line: Patriots by 9 1/2

Record vs. spread: Jaguars 9-7, Patriots 11-5

Series record: Patriots lead 10-1

Last meeting: Patriots beat Jaguars 51-17, Sept. 27, 2015

Last week: Jaguars beat Steelers 45-42; Patriots beat Titans 35-14

AP Pro32 ranking: Jaguars No. 10, Patriots No. 1

Jaguars offense: Overall (6), rush (1), pass (17)

Jaguars defense: Overall (2), rush (21), pass (1)

Patriots offense: Overall (1), rush (10), pass (2)

Patriots defense: Overall (29), rush (20), pass (30)


New England Patriots

  • The Patriots are playing in their seventh straight AFC title game, a record.
  • New England is 9-4 in AFC championship game overall. The Patriots’ 14 appearances rank behind only Pittsburgh (16) and San Francisco (15) for conference title contests.
  • Coach Bill Belichick is 7-2 all-time vs. Jaguars.
  • QB Tom Brady is 2-0 in playoffs against Jaguars, throwing for six TDs and no interceptions.
  • Jacksonville is one of seven NFL teams that Brady has an undefeated regular-season record against (5-0).
  • The Jaguars had NFL’s No. 2-ranked scoring defense. Brady has faced top-two scoring defense in playoffs three times (2014 Seahawks, 2004 Eagles, 2004 Steelers). He is 3-0 with passer rating above 100 in each game.
  • Brady led NFL with 4,577 yards passing and ranked first in AFC with 32 TDs. Both are most by QB at age 40 or older.
  • RB Dion Lewis has 507 scrimmage yards (126.8 per game) with 5 TDs (three rushing, two receiving) in his past four games, including playoffs.
  • TE Rob Gronkowski led all NFL tight ends with 1,084 yards receiving, his fourth career 1,000-yard season. That is tied with Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten for most among tight ends in NFL history.
  • In his past six postseason games, Gronkowski has 512 yards receiving (85.3 per game) and seven TDs. He is looking for his seventh playoff game in a row with TD catch.
  • WR Danny Amendola has 190 yards receiving (95 per game) and TD in past two playoff games.
  • DE Trey Flowers had sack last week. He has 3 1/2 sacks in past two playoff games.
  • LB James Harrison has 11 career sacks in postseason, tied for fifth most in NFL history.
  • The Patriots are 3-1 in the playoffs against Jaguars. Lone Jacksonville win was 25-10 in 1998 wild-card round when Tom Coughlin was Jacksonville’s coach and Pete Carroll coached New England.
  • The Patriots have won the past seven meetings overall and two straight in postseason.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Since the Jaguars entered the NFL in 1995, they are 1-10 (.091) against Patriots, including playoff games. That’s the worst winning percentage of any team vs. one opponent (minimum 10 games) in that span.
  • The Jaguars are seeking their first trip to Super Bowl, one of four franchises (Lions, Texans, Browns) never to get there.
  • The Jaguars are making their third appearance in the AFC title game in their 23-year history and first since 1999 season.
  • Jacksonville lost 20-6 to New England in the AFC title game on Jan. 12, 1997.
  • Jacksonville can become the 11th team to defeat top two seeds from their conference in same postseason since 1990 when the current playoff format was adopted.
  • Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone is 1-3 all-time vs. the Patriots.
  • The Jaguars are 8-0 this season when QB Blake Bortles doesn’t have a turnover and 4-6 when he does.
  • The Jags have plus-7 turnover margin on road this season (including playoffs), the best mark in franchise history. They have 22 takeaways in nine road games this season, the most in NFL and most in a single season in franchise history.
  • Including playoffs, Jacksonville’s defense has scored eight touchdowns this season, three more than any other team. It is the most defensive TDs scored in season by one team since 2012 Bears.
  • In addition to being ranked fourth in NFL in opponent’s red zone TD percentage (43.8), Jacksonville also has the best red zone scoring percentage in NFL, scoring TDs on 67.9 percent of trips this season (40 TDs on 56 drives).
  • RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 109 yards and three TDs in last week’s divisional win. He is the only rookie in NFL history with 100-plus yards rushing and three or more rushing TDs in postseason game.
  • LB Telvin Smith tied career high with 16 tackles and returned fumble for TD last week. He has 27 tackles, forced fumble and fumble return in his two career playoff games.
  • DE Calais Campbell led AFC with franchise-record and career-high 14 1/2 sacks.
  • DE Yannick Ngakoue was one of two NFL players (Aaron Donald) with 10 or more sacks (12) and five or more forced fumbles (six).
  • LB Myles Jack had a sack, an INT and three pass defenses in the first two playoff games.
  • CB A.J. Bouye has two INTs, forced fumble and seven pass defenses in his past four postseason games.

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