(WBNG Binghamton) Union-Endicott grad Chandler Jones stood in the back of the UFC 159 press conference last April. He was watching his brother Jon answer questions about his light heavyweight title defense while standing next to his other brother, Arthur, who had just won the Super Bowl.
"Chandler's quick to say, well at least I'm a first round draft pick," Jon Jones joked at the podium. "That's his comeback every time."
A year after watching Arthur's Baltimore Ravens beat his Patriots on the way to last year's Super Bowl, he is again in the AFC Championship game.
This time he's even more of a focal point of the New England defense. Jones finished the regular season ranked seventh in the NFL with 11.5 sacks.
But in order to make it to the Super Bowl, and become the third Jones brother to be a world champion, Chandler has to help the Patriots get past Peyton Manning.
"Peyton Manning is a very smart quarterback. You know we just spoke about him with his long cadence, and just his knowledge of the game," Jones said this week. "When you play someone like that, everyone has to be sound, everyone has to be in position and everyone has to do their job."
In the first meeting between the Patriots and Broncos, Chandler recorded a sack and six tackles in New England's comeback win. However, the stakes now are even higher.
"This is one of the biggest games I've played in," Jones said. "But I'm excited."
It's Chandler's second chance to play for a trip to the Super Bowl in just two seasons in the NFL. Some may say that's ahead of schedule, but in the Jones family, it's his chance to catch up to his older brothers.