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Jaguars running wild, Patriots trail 14-10 at the half

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New England has a lot of work to do.

AFC Championship - Jacksonville Jaguars v New England Patriots Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

First Quarter

  • The Patriots lost the opening coin toss and the Jaguars elected to receive in the second half.
  • Tom Brady and the Patriots offense marched down the field to get a first and goal, but the Jaguars defense stepped up and a third down sack by Dante Fowler forced the Patriots to settle for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.
  • The Jaguars responded with a lot of touch attempts for their running backs, but Kyle Van Noy and Malcolm Butler forced two incompletions to force a Jacksonville punt around midfield.
  • The Patriots were unable to drive when they got the ball back and gave it back to the Jaguars, who made it to the Patriots 28-yard line by the end of the quarter.

Second Quarter

  • The Patriots failed to cover Leonard Fournette out of the backfield, who ran to the goal line, and didn’t cover tight end Marcedes Lewis, who caught a touchdown to give the Jaguars a 7-3 lead.
  • New England went three-and-out thanks to a missed defensive pass interference call and punted the ball back to the Jaguars.
  • The Jaguars immediately drove down the field due to poor tackling by the Patriots on the edge with Leonard Fournette punching in a touchdown for a 14-3 lead.
  • The Patriots offense stalled again and New England had to settle for another punt, setting up an opportunity for Jacksonville to score and get the ball back after the half.
  • The New England defense finally forced a punt and got the ball back for the offense right before the two-minute warning.
  • The New England offense received a few chunks of yards to get into the red zone and James White scampered in for a score to cut the deficit to 14-10.

Blake Bortles finished the half completing 13 of 15 attempts as Jacksonville schemed ways to get players free around the edge, but New England also failed to cover well. Jacksonville finished the half 4 of 6 on third down. The Patriots were 0 for 5.

Brandin Cooks has 64 yards on 4 receptions in addition to 32 yards drawn on a defensive pass interference call on the final drive.

That’s the story of the first half. Jacksonville gets the ball after the break.