Patriots Score Thanks To Controversial Deep Pass Interference Penalty

Bryan Brandom
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The Jacksonville Jaguars dominated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the first 28 minutes of the opening half of the sides’ AFC Championship matchup.

Then Brady and Co. broke off an 85-yard touchdown drive to cut the lead to 14-10; 32 of those yards came on a controversial pass interference call against Jacksonville corner A.J. Buoye, covering Brandin Cooks, to set New England up in the red zone.

The call had Twitter debating the call’s cromulence—with some arguing the ball wasn’t catchable and others claiming both players had a part in locking arms downfield.

“I’m not sure about the one on the sideline there,” Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said en route to the locker room to end the half.

Two plays later, James White punched in New England’s first touchdown of the day.

Regardless, Brady was summarily outplayed by Blake Bortles in the first half. The often-questioned Jags quarterback connected on 13 of 15 passes for 155 yards, a touchdown, and no turnovers. The Patriots signal caller went 12-of-17 for 124 yards.

At halftime, Jacksonville leads 14-10.