Chandler Jones and Arthur Jones have a few things in common. They’re brothers, they play on the defensive line, and on Sunday, their teams will play each other in the AFC Championship Game.
“For a weekend like this, for us to go out there and have a family gathering, it will be a good time,” said Chandler Jones in his news conference Thursday.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound New England Patriots defensive end didn’t get to play in the Nov. 16 meeting against the Indianapolis Colts. But neither did his 6-foot-3, 337-pound brother. Both were ruled out due to hip and ankle injuries as the Patriots handled the Colts, 42-20, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium will be the first time since Dec. 22, 2013 that the two will meet on the field before kickoff.
“I don’t see too much of him, ” Chandler Jones said.
The 2012 first-round pick and the 2010 fifth-round pick don’t get to talk much, either.
“No. Nope, actually we rarely talk. But that’s how it is usually, we’re both very busy, so we rarely get a chance to see each other,” the younger Jones added.
The two have let their play speak for them over the course of 95 NFL games, 310 tackles and 33.5 sacks combined. And that was the case even before at Syracuse University and Union-Endicott High School, where one tracked the footsteps of the other.
“He’s a good player,” the 24-year-old Patriot of the 28-year-old Colt. “I’ve been a fan of him since he started playing football, and he’s the reason why I started playing football. I followed him into the sport, and we’ve made it this far.”
Within one game of a trip to Glendale, Ariz., both will be looking for the same thing once the 6:40 p.m. kickoff arrives, even if they won’t be on the field at the same time until it’s over.
They’ll be watching until then.
“He would always look after us. He always had the older-brother figure,” Chandler Jones said. “So, playing against him Sunday, it’ll be fun.”