The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52

<p>Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>

News 12 Staff

Jan 22, 2018, 3:50 AM

Updated 2,376 days ago

Share:

(AP) - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title.
  
They'll face a Philadelphia Eagles team looking for their first Lombardi Trophy.
  
Brady led the Patriots (15-3) back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC championship game Sunday.
  
Starting his 36th playoff game, Brady shook off an injury to his right hand and the loss of top target Rob Gronkowski to rally the Patriots to their record 10th Super Bowl appearance.
  
The Patriots will try to match the Pittsburgh Steelers' six Super Bowl trophies when they face the Eagles (15-3) on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.
  
Nick Foles, the backup QB who was thrust into the starting role when Carson Wentz blew out his left knee last month, led the Philadelphia to a 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game.
  
Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, showing poise and moxie in going 26 for 33.
  
The Vikings were hoping to become the first NFL team to serve as host to a Super Bowl in its own stadium, but they followed up their "Minneapolis Miracle " with a "Flop in Philly."
  
So, they'll clear out their lockers long before the Eagles and Patriots and their fans take over U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl 52 in two weeks.
  
The Patriots and Eagles, who last won an NFL title in 1960, several years before the first Super Bowl, met in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season with the Patriots prevailing 24-21.
  
Hours after Brady's game-winning 4-yard TD pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining in Foxborough, the Eagles won for the fourth time in five tries under Foles.
  
It started out ominously, however.
  
The Vikings celebrated Kyle Rudolph's 25-yard touchdown catch from Case Keenum on their opening drive by mimicking the Olympic sport of curling for their TD celebration.
  
It was the Eagles who had all the fun after that.
  
Patrick Robinson's spectacular 50-yard interception return got Philadelphia started. Then Foles and his offense tore up the league's stingiest scoring defense, with long TD throws to Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. LeGarrette Blount had an 11-yard scoring run when things were decided in the first half, and the Eagles were headed to an NFL title game the Vikings (14-4) hoped to be in at their own stadium.
  
"You know everyone was against us," Foles said. "Coming out here and stick together and (we) come away with an amazing victory against a great team."
  
Blake Bortles and the stingy Jaguars (12-7) led New England 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold against the defending champions.
  
The NFL's second-ranked defense kept Brady and the Patriots at bay for most of the game, but lost linebacker Myles Jack and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus on consecutive plays on New England's winning drive.
  
It was New England's 13th win in 14 games since their 2-2 start. Their only stumble since September was a 27-20 loss at the Dolphins on Dec. 11.
  
Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after needing stitches to close a cut that happened on a play during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.
  
And, with the game - and the season - possibly on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.
  
"I've had a lot worse," Brady said. "I didn't know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win."
  
Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns to Amendola.
  
It's the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times - including last year's 34-28 overtime rally against the Falcons.
  
"It's pretty amazing," Brady said. "Just to be on a team that wins these kinds of games, it's just a great accomplishment."
  
___


More from News 12
1:25
Police: 1 hospitalized in afternoon Mount Vernon shooting

Police: 1 hospitalized in afternoon Mount Vernon shooting

1:56
Thursday brings another unsettled weather day, but better forecast follows

Thursday brings another unsettled weather day, but better forecast follows

1:38
Best of Westchester 2024 Party brings the county together for its biggest talents

Best of Westchester 2024 Party brings the county together for its biggest talents

0:41
Biden delivers solemn call to defend democracy as he lays out his reasons for quitting race

Biden delivers solemn call to defend democracy as he lays out his reasons for quitting race

1:42
North Rockland man to compete in Olympic Games, representing Ireland in shot put

North Rockland man to compete in Olympic Games, representing Ireland in shot put

1:43
Poughkeepsie residents fight to keep adult shelter out of neighborhood

Poughkeepsie residents fight to keep adult shelter out of neighborhood

1:36
Greenburgh to fix one of its worst intersections

Greenburgh to fix one of its worst intersections

1:23
Officials criticize Social Security Administration for sudden closure of Newburgh offices

Officials criticize Social Security Administration for sudden closure of Newburgh offices

0:58
2 Croton-on-Hudson housing proposals draw ire from some residents

2 Croton-on-Hudson housing proposals draw ire from some residents

0:38
Wildlife photographer helps hawk in distress in Rockland County

Wildlife photographer helps hawk in distress in Rockland County

0:30
Residents question water tower repairs in Unionville after county violation notice

Residents question water tower repairs in Unionville after county violation notice

0:22
North Salem School Board places superintendent on administrative leave

North Salem School Board places superintendent on administrative leave

0:28
Wallkill man arrested for DWI, drug possession in Ulster County

Wallkill man arrested for DWI, drug possession in Ulster County

0:37
$5,000 reward offered for information on suspect in fatal shooting

$5,000 reward offered for information on suspect in fatal shooting

1:05
Headlines: Cocaine sentencing in Port Jervis, barn fire death, cause of plane crash released

Headlines: Cocaine sentencing in Port Jervis, barn fire death, cause of plane crash released

4:23
Sen. Bob Menendez to resign from office Aug. 20 following corruption conviction

Sen. Bob Menendez to resign from office Aug. 20 following corruption conviction

1:49
Mamaroneck tackles chronic flooding with new study and projects

Mamaroneck tackles chronic flooding with new study and projects

0:28
Susan Siegel projected winner in Yorktown council election

Susan Siegel projected winner in Yorktown council election

0:17
20-story mural completes transformation of downtown New Rochelle

20-story mural completes transformation of downtown New Rochelle

0:14
LEGOLAND New York seeks master model builder in 'Brick Factor Model Builder' competition

LEGOLAND New York seeks master model builder in 'Brick Factor Model Builder' competition