Update #1: NFL (AFC) Championship Game

Interesting game. With only 9 minutes remaining in the 4th Quarter and the Jaguars up 20-10, it looked like my forecast of a 21-14 Jaguars win was on target, and even the final score (Patriots 24, Jaguars 20) wasn’t that far off the mark either except for not actually identifying the winner and loser as predicted. The numerological calculation for estimating the final scores was in the ballpark but, as they say, “Close only counts in horseshoes.”

The methodology of this spread seems to be relatively reliable, but I don’t think I’d place any bets on it yet. The professional odds-makers who reduced the point spread from 7 to 3 in favor of the Patriots knew what they were talking about. It looks like Brady’s hand injury wasn’t a deciding factor after all, since his performance was almost flawless. The man seems to be unstoppable.

One post-game commentary I read said that Brady simply willed the team to victory at the last minute. That overwhelming force of will is the unknown quantity in any reading that is ideally invoked by the querent’s response to the testimony in the cards. It’s almost as if Brady knew I was tagging him as the Knave of Cups and not the Knight of Wands, and decided he would prove me wrong. In retrospect, it does look like Death in the Patriots’ “quint” position is “harvesting” the head of the Emperor, which was the stated objective of the reading: to see who would be “king.” To be honest, that thought crossed my mind in the original analysis but I failed to mention it since it didn’t seem likely. Oh, well . . .



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