Brady finally addressed the Wednesday cut to his throwing hand that become a major pre-game concern. "I know he didn't come back so I hope he's all right", Church said. "I knew where to get to and Tom had a laser, and it was ideal". "I've had a couple of insane injuries, but this was pretty insane". Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were a little scary.
"I could never imagine getting the kind of team achievements we've done and had".
A bit later, after their stunning and resounding 38-17 rout of the Minnesota Vikings earned them the NFC championship, they listened as almost 70,000 made the Linc shake with "Fly Eagles Fly". Brady and Bill Belichick have now made the Super Bowl for the eighth time in their careers in New England.
While appearing on WEEI for his weekly interview (h/t Mike Reiss, ESPN), Brady said Minnesota is his mom's home state and that every summer the family would visit his grandparents, who were dairy farmers. "I don't think I'm in the best mindset to talk about any of our players from that standpoint of what is going on". "What they decide and all of the decisions they make are outside of my control".More news: Security increased for Orlando concert after 'Vegas-like' threat
Quiet and somber, the Jaguars went about the business of breaking down the loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, speaking with the media and having small conversations among themselves. He completed a pass on a gadget play, and he delivered a 20-yard punt return, setting up his own game-winning touchdown. When you're in a locker room for 17 years, you kinda learn what to do and what not to do and what works for you. He's a big dude and I was just trying to dislodge the ball, but I guess they felt it was too high of a hit.
Patricia received a bunch of attention during the CBS broadcast of the AFC title game, with reaction shots after big plays by Jacksonville and coaching between plays while on his headset.
Two possessions later, Brady passed to Amendola again to put New England ahead 24-20 with 2:48 left.
Amendola ran a deep post down the seam and hauled in a long pass from Brady while draped in coverage by Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson.
On first-and-goal from the 5, White ran for a yard to set up the go-ahead score from Brady to Amendola.More news: Thousands of Sainsbury's jobs at risk
And now the Patriots will have a chance at their sixth Super Bowl ring, which would tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most ever.
"Yes, it's tough. That guy is large", Church said. "It's not what anybody expects - contrary to popular belief". His most significant catch perhaps was a 21-yard reception over the middle to convert a third-and-18 from the Patriots' 25-yard line.
"Of all the plays, my season wasn't going to end on a handoff in practice", Brady said.
"No fear", Amendola said of his playoff mentality.
Brady still has stitches in his right thumb. "Everybody knows how tough he is".More news: AUDIO: US Senator Rand Paul calls 911 to report attack by neighbor