As you can see, Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson (No. 39) was in the middle of two Patriots players, so the official comes over to break them up before anything happens. Patriots offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (No. 71) appears to say something along the lines of I wasn’t talking trash, so the official didn’t throw a flag on him.
The officials did play a big role in the game, though. The Jaguars received six penalties for 98 yards while the Patriots escaped without a penalty on offense or defense. We’re not saying there was anything nefarious going on, but the Jacksonville players definitely took notice.
The good news for him is the Birds are going to the big game in Minneapolis against the Patriots. They routed the Vikings 38-7 in the NFC championship game.
The day I signed, I get a call from the owner — and they don’t have to do that. That’s really cool. And from the top down, that trickles down, just the attitude and the character, and just the culture they have around here is awesome.
Winning makes any culture better than most, especially for a career backup who becomes the one leading the surge of success. There’s no guarantee, even with Keenum’s 2017 — 325-of-481 passing, 3,546 yards, 22 touchdowns, seven interceptions — the quarterback is even wanted back in Minnesota, especially after Sunday’s disaster.
The Eagles last appeared in the conference title game following the 2008 season, when they lost to Kurt Warner’s Cardinals. The Vikings are in the playoffs for just the third time since Brett Favre led them to the NFC championship game in 2009.
If there’s one thing Bill Belichick and his Patriots coaching staff do better than any other team, it’s putting together a solid game plan. Jacksonville’s 45-42 victory in Pittsburgh was certainly an eye opener.