Mike Felger of WBZ in Boston reported that Brady needed four stitches to close the cut, and Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston reported that Brady's right thumb was bent back severely when a running back ran into Brady on Wednesday. Led by President Tom Coughlin, the Jaguars do have a similar mold to the Giants teams that caused the Patriots so many problems in their two Super Bowl losses.
It was a quiet Friday night in Foxborough, especially in terms of Jaguars fans, ahead of the AFC Championship game. Pregame coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. with a special 90-minute edition of Patriots GameDay, kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m., and after the game get all the reaction and analysis on Patriots 5th Quarter.
Coach Bill Belichick wasn't much help, refusing to answer questions about Brady's hand. The perennial whipping boys overcame the Steelers in an epic last week to continue their fairy-tale campaign, but face the ultimate test against New England. Out of the teams that Brady could have to face, the Vikings have the top-ranked defense in the National Football League, the Jaguars have the second-best defense in the National Football League, and the Eagles have the fourth-best defense in the NFL. However, that has dropped to the Patriots laying 7.5 points at home to the visiting Jaguars, according to OddsShark. New England won't make that mistake.
The four-time Super Bowl MVP, who usually only wears a glove on his non-throwing hand, has never missed a playoff start in his 18-year career.
The Jaguars are coming to town with a swagger and that incredible chit - they have nothing to lose. But their run this season ends here.
So ... what are the odds the Jaguars can actually upset the Patriots?
In the NFC Championship game, the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings. So, we're going to do the best we can to put the most competitive team out there and play the best and coach the best that we can on Sunday. "They've really done a good job, so yeah, it's impressive". They've handled the situations that have come up in those games very well - fourth-and-1 in the first quarter, things like that. No team allowed fewer points than the Vikings this season, and the Eagles have struggled to score since Wentz went down with a torn ACL.
The reigning Most Valuable Player for Super Bowl 2017 has remained silent regarding the his injury.