2018 AFC championship game: 10 fast facts for Jaguars-Patriots

Matthew Slater and Jalen Ramsey

By Thomas Lott | Sporting News

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey held nothing back when speaking to Jacksonville fans after his team’s 45-42 victory over the Steelers in the divisional round.

“We goin’ to the Super Bowl,” he said. “And we gon’ win that bitch.”

The Patriots were less enthusiastic after shellacking the Titans 35-14 in their first playoff game of the season. There were no predictions, there was no smack talk and there was no gallivanting.

New England special teams stalwart Matthew Slater probably put it best during his media availability Wednesday. When asked why his team wasn’t talking trash he didn’t mess around.

“I’ll pose a question at you,” he said. “Why should we have to?”

That sums this game up entirely. The Jaguars are young, brash, talented and confident. The Patriots are old, reserved, wily and don’t need to prove anything to anyone.

They’ll let the numbers do the talking. This is the seventh straight AFC title game the Patriots have been to. They have nothing to prove and the Jaguars are going to learn that fast.

Speaking of stats and numbers though, no one accumulates what you need to know better than our friends over at Opta. To help you prepare for the AFC championship game this weekend, they have gathered all kinds of knowledge for you to sink your teeth into. We’re just putting those on a page for you.

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— The Patriots have a 10-1 record all time when facing the Jaguars (including playoffs). Their lone loss came in 1999 at Jacksonville in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

— Since 2000, the Patriots are 18-3 in the playoffs at home, an 85.7 percent winning percentage, good for second best in the league (min. seven games) over that span (Seattle 10-1, 90.9 percent).

— The Jaguars are 4-5 in the playoffs when playing on the road. However, they are 2-1 in their last three road playoff games, with both wins coming against the Steelers.

— The Patriots set a franchise record with eight sacks in their playoff game last week against the Titans. Their previous playoff record for sacks was six against Jacksonville in 2006.

— Jacksonville has scored eight defensive touchdowns this season (including playoffs), the most in the NFL.

— Tom Brady threw for 337 yards last week, the most ever by a quarterback in their 40s in a playoff game. He also became the oldest quarterback ever to win a playoff game.

— Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette is just the third rookie in NFL history to rush for three touchdowns in a playoff game, and the first since Ryan Grant for the Packers in 2008.

— Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola caught 11 passes for 112 yards last week, both of which are postseason career-highs for him.

— Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is the third defensive lineman since the start of the 2007 season with at least 12 sacks and six forced fumbles in a season.

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