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

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.

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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The comments section was quickly filled with upset Eagles and Jaguars fans, which caught the attention of the NFL. The post was deleted Friday.

In an email to Geoff Mosher of Fan Rag Sports, an NFL spokesman said the Facebook promo advertising a Vikings-Patriots Super Bowl with Case Keenum and Tom Brady was a regrettable mistake. The league also emphasized that other graphics with the four remaining quarterbacks were also made, but were set to be released on Monday.

Helmet-to-helmet hit knocks Rob Gronkowski out of AFC championship game

The Patriots scored a touchdown right before halftime of Sunday’s AFC championship game to cut what was a two-score Jaguars lead down to one. But New England’s scoring drive came with a casualty for its offense.

He had already lost the ball and was falling before I even pushed him, Howard said. I just thought that it was something that shouldn’t have been called at that point in the game. They should have just let the clock run out and let the teams duel it out in overtime.

Olynyk saw it a little different.

We were just trying to push the ball and make a play and they fouled, Olynyk said.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said his team has worked on that scenario in practice with his point guards, but never with the 7-foot Olynyk.

I think it surprised them, Spoelstra said.

Foles showed no sign of injury throughout the game as he completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns. He also posted a perfect passer rating in the second half.

If it’s hard for you to believe Foles is playing so well, don’t feel bad. The man himself can hardly make sense of it all.

Indiana made itself at home at an arena that’s rarely hospitable to visiting teams.

Victor Oladipo scored 19 points and the Pacers defeated San Antonio 94-86 on Sunday night, snapping the Spurs’ 14-game home winning streak.

San Antonio lost at home for the third time this season and the first since Nov. 10 against Milwaukee.

Rob Gronkowski injury update: ‘Optimism’ Pats TE will clear concussion protocol for SB52

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, lost in the first half of the AFC championship, is in the NFL’s concussion protocol but has almost two weeks before Super Bowl 52.

In the hours after the Pats’ 24-20 win over the Jaguars, there was optimism he would be ready to play in the Super Bowl, the Boston Herald reported, citing an unidentified source.

At that point it’s a free-throw game, said Adel, who had all of his 18 points and 10 rebounds after halftime, including the free throw with 56 seconds remaining.

So, not turning it over and inbounding it, that’s a lot of pressure on me because I was the one there. Just making the right reads and guys being strong with the ball, and just making free throws.

A second half in which the Cardinals (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away with several spurts ended up with them needing every point possible down the stretch.

Allen is considered a potential first-round pick, although he struggled for much of the 2017 season. …

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield won’t arrive for the Senior Bowl until Tuesday, as reported by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Mayfield will miss the annual weigh-in Tuesday morning but is expected to be ready for the North squad practice. … Maine OL Jamil Demby has been added to the North roster to replace Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor. …

Ronnie Rousseau III and Jarrid Rhodes each scored 10 points to lead Missouri State (15-7, 5-4), which made just eight field goals — at one point it was 1-for-12 — in the decisive second half, finishing 18 of 57 for 32 percent. The Bears, preseason favorites, haven’t won a conference road game in five tries this season.