And then there were four. And my, what a four we have left!
A NFL conference championship game is all that remains between each of the remaining teams and a Super Bowl appearance.
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And then there were four.
The New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings reaching conference championship Sunday.
For the Patriots, this is old hat. They've won this game nine times before, including seven in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. They're 8-point favorites, and if they creep up another point to -9, they'll be the biggest favorites in a conference title game since they finished 18-1 in 2007.
For the rest of the NFC Championship Game participants, this trip here is definitely something new.
In the grand scheme of things, the Jaguars should be thrilled that this is their third appearance in the AFC Championship Game in their history. This is a team that went 3-13 last season and is just the second team since the merger to reach the conference title game a year after winning three games or fewer. The other? The 2006 New Orleans Saints, who went on to win the Super Bowl.
Tom Coughlin deserves a lot of credit for the way he rebuilt this team so quickly. He took over the reins of a front office that had picked in the top-10 of the NFL Draft 10 years in a row, and now, he's 60 minutes from the Super Bowl.
The Eagles are hosting the NFC Championship Game on Sunday night, but few gave them much of an opportunity to do so. They were the first No. 1 seed in NFL history to be an underdog in their first playoff game of the year, yet they responded with a 15-10 victory over the Falcons in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
This is the first time Philadelphia has played in the NFC title game since the 2008 season. The Eagles went 1-4 in NFC Championship Games under Andy Reid, and they, of course, haven't won an NFL championship since 1960.
The Vikings were stalwarts in the NFC Championship Game in the 1970s. They won this game three times from 1973 through 1976 and haven't won it since in five showings.
Should the Vikings take care of business against the Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love, they'll become the first team to host the Super Bowl in their home stadium in NFL history.
The Vikes are short favorites at -3. It's set to be just the 15th time in NFL history that a team hosting a conference championship game was an underdog. The last was Denver in January 2016 in the last Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady game ever. Manning picked up a 20-18 victory as a 3-point home underdog and went on to win the Super Bowl.
New England Patriots -430
Jacksonville Jaguars +340
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots - 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
Opening Line: Patriots -8, O/U 47
Preview: It was always hard for any team to make an argument against the New England Patriots this year. They were always the best team in the AFC, and it was always going to be tough to beat them. But not since the 16-0 season in 2007 have the Patriots had this easy of a route to the Super Bowl.
The only thing standing between Bill Belichick and his eighth Super Bowl appearance as the coach of the Patriots is a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. Continue...
Minnesota Vikings -175
Philadelphia Eagles +155
Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles - 6:40 p.m. ET (FOX)
Opening Line: Vikings -3, O/U 38
Preview: It wasn't always the prettiest work of art last weekend for either the Philadelphia Eagles or the Minnesota Vikings, but they both finished the job in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and are 60 minutes of football away from Super Bowl 52. Continue...
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The tournament brackets are made up of six teams from each of the league's two conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC):
The four division champions from each conference (the team in each division with the best regular season won-lost-tied record), which are seeded 1 through 4 based on their regular season won-lost-tied record. Two wild card qualifiers (those non-division champions with the conference's best won-lost-tied percentages), which are seeded 5 and 6.
The 3 and the 6 seeded teams, and the 4 and the 5 seeds, face each other during the first round of the playoffs, dubbed the Wild Card Playoffs.
The 1 and the 2 seeds from each conference receive a bye in the first round, which entitles these teams to automatically advance to the second round, the Divisional Playoff games, to face the Wild Card survivors. Continue
When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Time: 3:00 PM ET.
The 2018 Pro Bowl will take place in Orlando for the second time, and will continue with the traditional AFC vs. NFC format that lasted for years and years with the NFL's All-Star Game. Continue
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