Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) holds up the Lamar Hunt Trophy after the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium.  David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before—the Patriots are going to the Super Bowl.

And this time, they had to overcome a 20-10 fourth-quarter deficit against the AFC’s top defense. But there’s a catch. Well, two catches. Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t come back after halftime. Plus, Brady was dealing with a sprained ligament in his throwing hand.

But despite Jacksonville giving New England their best shot, QB Blake Bortles and the offense didn’t have enough down the stretch. In the fourth, Jacksonville would have to punt on three consecutive possessions. Eventually, Brady, and especially Danny Amendola—who else?—would make them pay.

Teams have got to be SICK of these guys making these plays. But that’s what the Patriots do. They wear the opposition down. They take a team’s best shot and keep ticking. Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are not strangers to this kind of situation. If the Jaguars would have made just one more play on offense, gotten one more first down in they dying moments, it’s a different story.

But this is what the Patriots do. They win big moments. They win big games. And now, they will have a shot at claiming their sixth Super Bowl title.

But one question remains—who’s going to stand in their way?

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