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*Join Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he provides insight and analysis about the game in progess. *

On 1/7/2006 6:24 PM, Vic wrote:
(about two hours before kickoff) Greetings from New England. It's cold and crisp and the field is hard and fast. I'll provide the inactives after I come back from my pregame radio spot; about 6:50 p.m.

On 1/7/2006 6:47 PM, Vic wrote:
(about 1:15 before kickoff) Here are the Jaguars inactives: Quinn Gray "third quarterback," LaBrandon Toefield, Chris Roberson, Brett Romberg, Mike Pearson, Ephraim Salaam and Jim Davis.

On 1/7/2006 7:38 PM, Vic wrote:
(half hour before kickoff) The Jaguars' eighth inactive is Cortez Hankton. The Patriots' inactives are Bam Childress, Matt Cassel "third quarterback," Heath Evans, Ross Tucker, Billy Yates, Bethel Johnson, Dan Klecko and Santonio Thomas.

On 1/7/2006 8:02 PM, Vic wrote:
(kickoff) The temperature at Gillette Stadium at kickoff is 24 degrees and winds are calm.

On 1/7/2006 8:12 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots' first possession) The Jaguars open in nickel defense against the Patriots' three-WR set.

On 1/7/2006 8:15 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots' first possession) How would you like to be the poor umpire who just got hit in the head with a Tom Brady fastball on a 24-degree night?

On 1/7/2006 8:24 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots' second possession) That third-down pass to Deion Branch shouldn't have been that easy.

On 1/7/2006 8:25 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots' second possession) Tom Brady is throwing bullets.

On 1/7/2006 8:28 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots' second possession) The Jaguars had too many men on the field on a third-and-nine play and the Patriots tried to quick-snap but, luckily, the Jaguars called time out. This is a big play. In this cold, Adam Vintatieri may be close to his range limit.

On 1/7/2006 8:30 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots' pooch punt) See what I mean? The Pats weren't going to surrender the field position they established. This is going to be a field position game.

On 1/7/2006 8:33 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars' second possession) That's two three-and-outs. The defense has to hold.

On 1/7/2006 8:34 PM, Vic wrote:
(stats update) The Jaguars only had 39 three-and-out possessions in 193 possessions in the regular season. That was fifth-best in the NFL.

On 1/7/2006 8:36 PM, Vic wrote:
(stats update) The Jaguars defense has faced 10 possessions beginning in Jaguars territory and have only allowed 29 points, tied for best in the NFL.

On 1/7/2006 8:38 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots first down) Brady's third-and-four pass to Ben Watson couldn't have been thrown more accurately. That was a big third-down conversion.

On 1/7/2006 8:45 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots fourth down) Was Brady going to pooch it? That bad snap may have cost the Patriots field position.

On 1/7/2006 8:47 PM, Vic wrote:
(end of first quarter) The Jaguars are looking at a third-and-15 at their 25-yard line to start the second quarter. Byron Leftwich needs to make a play in the pass game; he needs to prove he can.

On 1/7/2006 8:50 PM, Vic wrote:
(Sack) The Jaguars were in four-wide and the Patriots were man-to-man everywhere but nobody got open and Willie McGinest sacked Leftwich.

On 1/7/2006 8:50 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots take over at Jags 37) This is the second straight possession inside Jaguars territory.

On 1/7/2006 8:51 PM, Vic wrote:
(Brady incompletion) He had Watson open to the outside but didn't see him and threw into triple coverage. Brady is not on top of his game right now; four of 10 for 37 yards and has been sacked twice.

On 1/7/2006 8:52 PM, Vic wrote:
(Faulk 18-yard run on third down) Brady is not beating the Jaguars. Kevin Faulk is the man right now.

On 1/7/2006 8:56 PM, Vic wrote:
(Pats touchdown, 12:08 of 2nd, 7-0) Troy Brown beat Gerald Sensabaugh on an inside move for an 11-yard touchdown reception. The drive was 37 yards in six plays.

On 1/7/2006 8:59 PM, Vic wrote:
(Leftwich to Wilford, 14 yards) That's the Jaguars' first first down of the game.

On 1/7/2006 9:02 PM, Vic wrote:
(Leftwich to Smith, 19 yards) That's Leftwich's best throw of the game.

On 1/7/2006 9:03 PM, Vic wrote:
(Pearman fumble) That's a hard hit by Eugene Wilson on a cold night. The result is a fumble. Alvin Pearman even had two arms wrapped around the ball. The Pats take over at their 40-yard line.

On 1/7/2006 9:07 PM, Vic wrote:
(saving tackle by Daryl Smith) Faulk may have gone all the way with that screen pass. Daryl Smith saved the day.

On 1/7/2006 9:08 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots punt) The Jaguars dodged a bullet, thanks to Daryl Smith. The Jags have the ball at their 26. Let's try this again. The Jaguars have 49 yards of offense; the Pats have 109.

On 1/7/2006 9:11 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars offense) The Jaguars are using a lot of three-wide and four-wide sets. They do not appear to be intent on running the ball.

On 1/7/2006 9:14 PM, Vic wrote:
(eight straight) Leftwich has now completed eight straight. He's getting hot.

On 1/7/2006 9:20 PM, Vic wrote:
(two-minute warning) The Jaguars have a first down at the Pats 24. Leftwich is 10 of 12 for 90 yards and he appears to be on top of his game. This is big. If the Jaguars can tie this game before halftime, they would go into the locker room with momentum.

On 1/7/2006 9:25 PM, Vic wrote:
(Scobee field goal, 1:05, 7-3) Just inside the right post from 36 yards. Had that hit the post, it would've been a morale killer.

On 1/7/2006 9:30 PM, Vic wrote:
(dropped touchdown pass) Deion Branch just dropped a deep touchdown pass. This is starting to look like it could be the Jags' night.

On 1/7/2006 9:33 PM, Vic wrote:
(first half analysis) Brady is off his game; 10 of 17, 74 yards, one TD and a 74.1 rating. He can be had. The Jags offense came to life in the second quarter. That's a trend that needs to continue.

On 1/7/2006 9:43 PM, Vic wrote:
(stats update) The Patriots' average starting position in the first half was their 40-yard line. For the Jaguars, it was their 24.

On 1/7/2006 9:44 PM, Vic wrote:
(stats update) Leftwich is 11 of 15 for 101 yards and a 91.3 rating. The Jaguars have only rushed for 24 yards.

On 1/7/2006 9:47 PM, Vic wrote:
(no running game) The Jaguars have literally abandoned the run. They clearly looked at the Pats' 31st ranking against the pass and decided to throw the ball.

On 1/7/2006 9:59 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots possession, 3rd quarter) A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Brady throws for a first down, Faulk runs for a first down and Andre Davis gains 18 on an end around. The Pats are threatening to score.

On 1/7/2006 10:02 PM, Vic wrote:
(Pats touchdown, 7:13 of 3rd, 14-3) Three-yard pass to David Givens. Brady really sold the play-fake; that's what made the play work. The drive covered 81 yards in 12 plays. It's the kind of drive that has made the Patriots a great team; big drive at a critical point in the game. They did it to the Eagles in the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

On 1/7/2006 10:04 PM, Vic wrote:
(stats update) Givens has scored a touchdown in six straight playoff games. The longest streak in NFL playoff history belongs to John Stallworth, eight straight playoff games with a touchdown.

On 1/7/2006 10:05 PM, Vic wrote:
(Jaguars possession) Not running the ball is hurting the Jaguars. The Patriots have completely ignored playing run.

On 1/7/2006 10:07 PM, Vic wrote:
(drop by Smith) It would've been a first down. Jimmy Smith just flat dropped it. The Patriots get the ball back at their 29-yard line. Jaguars defense must stop the Pats. This is a now or never defensive series.

On 1/7/2006 10:15 PM, Vic wrote:
(Pats touchdown, 3:03 of 3rd, 21-3) A 63-yard pass to Ben Watson, who broke three tackles; Mike Peterson, Deon Grant and Gerald Sensabaugh. Brady has responded in a big way in the third quarter. He is truly a great quarterback.

On 1/7/2006 10:19 PM, Vic wrote:
(Patriots sack) That's the third sack. The Pats are in rush mode on every down. I don't understand why the Jaguars abandoned the run as early as they did. Now they have no choice.

On 1/7/2006 10:21 PM, Vic wrote:
(end of the third quarter) The Jaguars will begin the fourth quarter with a fourth-and-four at the Patriots 32-yard line. The game is on the line.

On 1/7/2006 10:24 PM, Vic wrote:
(Pats touchdown, 14:46 of 4th, 28-3) The pass was for Reggie Williams. It was intercepted by Asante Samuel and returned 73 yards for a touchdown. Enough said.

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