FOXBORO, Mass. — The Jacksonville Jaguars had all the momentum in the first half of the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, but it seemed to disappear in two minutes.
Trailing 14-3, the Patriots got the ball back at their own 15-yard line with just over two minutes left. After moving the ball near midfield, Tom Brady threw a ball up the seam intended for Rob Gronkowski. As the star tight end stretched for the ball, Jaguars safety Barry Church met him there with his head/shoulder and jarred the ball free, appearing to force a second-and-10.
But the officials deemed that Church led with his head, and flagged him for an unnecessary roughness penalty, giving the Patriots a first down at the Jags’ 45-yard line.
New England would score two plays later to cut the lead to…