An improbable season for the Jaguars ended one victory short of the Super Bowl on Sunday.

As he has done many times before, New England quarterback Tom Brady engineered a successful rally, and the Patriots held on to beat the Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

Trailing by 10 entering the fourth quarter, the Patriots took a 24-20 lead when Brady found receiver Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown with 2:48 remaining. Amendola got behind Jaguars free safety Tashaun Gipson and tapped his toes in-bounds on the catch.

The drive was set up by a 20-yard punt return by Amendola, which gave New England possession at the Jacksonville 30-yard line. Brady then hit running back James White for 15 yards, found Amendola for 8 and snuck for 2 to set up first-and-goal from the 5.

That gave Bortles an opportunity to lead a game-winning drive.

Bortles found Lee for a 8, and Dede Westbrook made a nice adjustment to haul in a completion for 29 yards. But an incompletion and 9-yard sack left the Jaguars facing third-and-19 from New England’s 47 at the two-minute warning.

Bortles checked down to tight end James O’Shaughnessy for 4 on third down, but his throw to Westbrook on fourth down was broken up by New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The Jaguars ended their season 12-7, their highest win total since the 2007 season.

SLIDESHOWS

Action: Scenes from the game

Pregame: Scenes from the sidelines

The Jaguars are one of only four teams to not appear in a Super Bowl – Cleveland, Detroit and Houston.

Although the contingent did not appear as large as last Sunday in Pittsburgh, Jaguars fans were sprinkled throughout the stadium. On Saturday night, pockets of fans were spotted in