VIDEO: New Angle of Stephon Gilmore's Pass Breakup in AFC Championship Game Will Get Patriots Fans Hyped
By Scott Rogust
The NFL has expressed confidence that they will be able to start the 2020 season on time, but there's still no better time than the present to watch some of the sport's greatest moments in anticipation. For New England Patriots fans, we've got you hooked up with one of the most clutch plays in the team's recent history. Of course, you all remember cornerback Stephon Gilmore's clutch pass breakup in the 2017 AFC Championship Game to send the Patriots to Super Bowl LII, right? But we bet you've never seen this angle of the play, which makes it even greater, courtesy of The Checkdown.
The Patriots traded for Gilmore so he could make clutch plays like this.
At one point during this title game, it looked like the Jacksonville Jaguars were going to pull off the upset of all upsets by defeating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to reach their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Unfortunately for them, Brady awoke and led the Patriots to take a late 24-20 lead. The game rested on the shoulder of Jags signal caller Blake Bortles.
On fourth-and-14, Bortles targeted Dede Westbrook on a deep pass, and as you saw earlier, Gilmore swatted the pass away like a fly to officially clinch New England's spot in the Super Bowl.
We're sure Patriots fans can't wait for Gilmore break up passes like this during the 2020 season, whenever that's slated to take place.