FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Following New England’s 24-20 AFC Championship victory against Jacksonville and an eighth berth in the Super Bowl in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, the franchise released an infographic of the game’s best players via a Tuesday press release.
One of its most important players — and one that caught Brady’s game-winning pass — is Texas bred.
He also caught a pass on 3rd-and-18 to extend a New England drive that eventually resulted in the first of their two 4th-quarter touchdowns.
Amendola, a 5-foot-11 and 178-yard star at The Woodlands High School from 2000 to 2004, had seven receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns during the win. The former Texas Tech Red Raider has also been electric in the postseason, gaining a quarter of his regular season yards (196) and as many touchdowns (2) in two postseason matchups.
Amendola caught both late-game TDs.
He has 659 yards and a pair of TDs this season. The first total is the most in his nine-year career and the second is two fewer than his 2016 high of four. His 10.8 yards per reception is the highest since his second season with New England (11.7) in 2013.
Amendola filled a void at slot receiver created by Julian Edelman’s torn anterior cruciate ligament injury during an August preseason game.
The New England Patriots meet the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on February 4th in Minneapolis. As most suspected the Patriots were originally favored by 5.5 in Tom Brady’s quest for an amazing 6th Super Bowl win. The number has since gone to 5 and is sure to change the closer we get to the “big game”. To stay up to date and get live football odds click here.
Marcus Matthews-Marion is the managing editor of TexasHSFootball, covering prep football throughout the Lone Star State and collegiate and professional football throughout the country. Follow him on Twitter, @TheMJMatthews, and read more of his content here.