The Latest: Kraft says Pats targets of "jealousy and envy"
By The Associated Press
The Latest on the NFL conference championships. (all times local):
New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft says the team needs to guard against "jealousy and envy" from people who are trying to tear apart one of the most successful dynasties in NFL history.
Speaking on the pregame show before the Patriots played the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game, Kraft said it's only natural there would be some tension between him and coach Bill Belichick after 18 years together. Kraft says, "But when you've got something good going, everyone's got to get their egos checked in and try to hold it together."
ESPN reported this month that Kraft essentially vetoed Belichick's plan to set backup Jimmy Garoppolo up as the successor to five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. Instead, the Patriots traded Garoppolo to San Francisco for a second-round draft pick.
- Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Super Bowl matchup will be set after conference title games featuring three teams that have never won the big game.
The other participant is a five-time Super Bowl winner, the New England Patriots.
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Updated January 21, 2018