Will Jacksonville be able to hold on?
We’re two quarters into the AFC Championship Game. It’s been a surprising 30 minutes of football.
Jacksonville, a touchdown underdog, came out fighting. The Jags got up, 14-3, thanks to some strong defense and quarterback play by Blake Bortles.
Yes, Blake Bortles looked really good. Jacksonville’s often-criticized quarterback completed 13 of his first 15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots had a huge ending to the half, though. New England got a couple of key pass interference calls and drove all the way down the field for a touchdown right before halftime.
New England’s late TD brought it to a 14-10 deficit entering the second half. Will the Jaguars be able to hold on?
We have a second half prediction from ESPN’s Football Power Index. The FPI still likes Jacksonville, but it’s not that confident.
ESPN’s FPI gives the Jaguars a 53.9 percent chance to win.
A big key to the second half will be the health of Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots’ star tight end left the game late in the first half after taking a helmet-to-helmet blow to his head.
The second half should begin momentarily. It’s being televised on CBS.