FOXBOROUGH, Mass.- Tom Brady was nearly perfect for the
New England Patriots, who are still perfect with their 17th victory
this season, a thorough 31-20 win over Jacksonville in the AFC
divisional playoffs. The Patriots will host the winner of Sunday's
Indianapolis-San Diego game next Sunday for a trip to the Super
Brady completed his first 16 passes and tossed three touchdown
passes in their victory. Brady finished 26-of-28 for 262 yards.
Laurence Maroney ran for 122 yards and one TD to compliment Brady's
David Garrard kept the Jaguars close, completing 14
of his first 18 passes and two touchdowns. But Rodney Harrison made
an interception with 4:08 left to help preserve the win. The Pats
were machine-like, grinding out three scoring drives of at least 80
New England was so efficient on offense that it only punted once
-- in the final minute of the game.
If the Patriots make it to the February 3rd NFL title game,
they'll have a chance to complete the league's first 19-0 season.
The Pats are trying to join the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the only
unbeaten Super Bowl champions.