A wild finish during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs really capitalize what sports is. So much emotion, drama and memorable moments for players and fans will be remembered forever. Now there are only four teams left, and one of them has a quarterback who’s won five Super Bowls in Tom Brady. This seems to be the perfect route for the New England Patriots to win it all. Well based on these playoffs, anything can happen and that includes major upsets. Here is our preview of the NFL championship round:
Jacksonville Jaguars vs New England Patriots
— NFL (@NFL) January 14, 2018
Most of the world probably didn’t see a Jacksonville Jaguars team, led by a inconsistent quarterback in Blake Bortles, be in an AFC championship game. After putting up 45 points on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Jaguars are confident and believe in being Super Bowl contenders. A great running game complement by a stud defense gives them an advantage against most teams. Even if they are playing in the cold, it just makes it difficult for any team to slow them down. But will it be enough to beat an excellent New England Patriots squad?
The Patriots come in as 9 point favorites due to home field advantage and having a great team. Brady at 40 years old still doing damage making short but effective passes and orchestrating a solid running game. He’s doing whatever it takes to win games and doesn’t care about bad stats. Coach Bill Belichick is now making his defense play at a high level despite injuries. They fixed some minor issues just time for the playoffs and still have to go through a hungry team. This game is gonna come down to big plays from the quarterback, and Bortles isn’t someone most fans would trust. It will be close heading into the 4th quarter, but expect the Patriots to represent the AFC heading into Super Bowl LII.
Jaguars 21 Patriots 24
Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles
— NFL (@NFL) January 15, 2018
The Minnesota Vikings just experience one of the greatest endings in postseason history winning it with a “walk off” touchdown. It took a miracle to be in the NFC championship. They have the number one defense in the league, solid play from quarterback Case Keenum and a running game that controls time of possession. These factors can help any team’s chance of being a legit Super Bowl contender. Most NFL analysts didn’t think they would go this far, but based on those assumptions, anything is possible. Vikings go into Philadelphia with awful weather conditions, especially since this is a night game.
However, the Philadelphia Eagles know that they have the opportunity to make the Super Bowl even without an injured Carson Wentz. Nick Foles isn’t doing that bad as a starter because he really just manages the game. Their team is really similar to Minnesota in so many ways, which wouldn’t surprise anyone if this turns out to be a close game. The winner of this game is gonna be determine by two factors: defense and making key plays in crunch time. Foles may have some playoff experience but Keenum seems to be fit on delivering the big play. Expect the Vikings to be the first team in NFL history hosting a Super Bowl in their hometown.
Vikings 17 Eagles 14