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Former Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe honorary captain at Sunday's AFC Championship game

Rita Gibson | 20 January, 2018, 19:08

Besides those rabid fans from New England or others who have some perverse love affair with its pro football team, nearly everyone else across the country - and maybe the globe - is rooting for the Jacksonville Jaguars to pull another stunning upset Sunday in the AFC championship game.

The NFL season is coming to a head this weekend with both Super Bowl bids on the line as the Philadelphia 76ers will host the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tom Brady did not participate in practice on Thursday, an indication that his hand injury is certainly something to monitor.

Brady injured his throwing hand Wednesday, after reportedly jamming his hand when a teammate accidentally ran into him during practice. Brady was a limited participant during Friday's practice and his status is questionable days before their important clash with the Jaguars.

"I was out there", was all Brady would say about Friday's practice, specifically declining to say whether he threw any footballs.

Brady wore red gloves to his press conference on Friday and refused to answer questions about his injury. The concern over Brady's hand generated a small flurry of bets on the Jaguars and made the point spread shrink.

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"Yeah, we gave out the injury report yesterday", Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday morning. A report on Friday afternoon suggests that his chances of playing are pretty good. While most likely the Patriots were expecting a rematch with the Pittsburgh Steelers from their thriller earlier in the season, the Jacksonville Jaguars had other plans.

Stop if you've heard this before: Team wins divisional round game on miraculous finish, then has to go on the road to play at the No. 1 seed the following week. He also answered why he was wearing gloves during the press conference, saying, "I've worn them before". If the game is tight in the final minutes, here's betting on Keenum to make a winning play.

Brian does a great job for us - works hard, practices hard.

Seven months before that injury, the Patriots were gearing up for the Super Bowl, trying to complete a 19-0 season. "This is a big game", receiver Danny Amendola said. His last playoff start was the antithesis of a Brady performance.

Hoyer, a former Patriot, was acquired in midseason when the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco. "You know it matters, it matters".

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