Bortles finished the game 23-for-36 passing with 293 yards and a touchdown. Fournette finished with 76 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown.
Bortles failed to complete what would have been a comeback drive with two minutes left. His pass on fourth-and-14 from the Patriots’ 40 was batted away by Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots took over on first down, and James White rushed for a first down to seal the win.
Rob Gronkowski left the game during the second quarter after a hit to his head sent him through concussion protocol. Gronkowski was declared out for the rest of the game.
Brady will make his eighth Super Bowl appearance Sunday, Feb. 4. The Patriots will face the winner of the Vikings-Eagles game.
SN provided live updates from the Patriots’ win over the Jaguars in the AFC championship game. Here’s how it went down.
Dom Capers’ guys would prevail. But Carolina could not sustain that momentum going forward, not even sniffing the postseason for years to come. Tom Coughlin’s Jacksonville team, meanwhile, lost to the Patriots but made the playoffs in 1997, ’98 and ’99, when the Jags went back to the AFC title game.
The ’67 Raiders were talented (they boasted 16 All-Pro players and five future Hall of Fame inductees) but they were no match for the defending champion Packers in Super Bowl II. They were soundly defeated, 33-14.
The 1969 Vikings had one of the most fearsome defenses in league history, led by the “Purple People Eaters” on the defensive line. Minnesota boasted 10 All-Pro players and a bevy of future Hall of Fame inductees, but still lost 23-7 to the 11-3 Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl IV.
Rodgers heard about it in the responses, with one fan writing, “You’re biting the hand that feeds you” and another reminding him that “people are going for the sole purpose of the entertainment of watching a football game. They are not going to see you lock hands with your teammates.”