February 21, 2018

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Their seemingly secure lead disappeared, and when PK Wil Lutz booted a 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining to give a 24-23 edge to New Orleans, it was all over but the crying. The last time New England didn't make it to the conference championship was back in 2010.

Van Noy's sack total was just a half-sack shy of Hightower's career high set in 2014.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 10-0 this season when Bortles doesn't throw an interception (including playoffs) and just 2-6 when he does. Where Ertz can make a difference is in the red zone where he had 11 catches this season, but eight of them went for touchdowns. Four of the past seven have finished in the top four in that category. Keenum will need a turnover-free game.

And with the Patriots the 20th best rush defence in the regular season, the Jags have a clear-cut route to success.

"I think it just proves to you that you can have a formula of playing really good defense and have a chance to win a lot of football games", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

For New England, this matchup will likely feel like a let-off, as they avoid facing the Steelers in a contest that Pittsburgh proved in Week 15 would be no easy feat.

I took the Patriots to cover the nine points for a reason., the only way to get tickets directly from the National Football League and at this point the only way to buy tickets with an exact seat location, have seen Philadelphia shoppers rule their Super Bowl Packages page since Mid-October.

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This is the first year the new owners of the theater chose to open it up for Vikings games, and Schnell said the turnout has exceeded expectations, drawing fans from St. Cloud to St. Paul to gather and share the excitement of cheering on the home team.

Now we're getting into the real strategy.

Fans have kept the faith through trials and tribulations this year - from losing dynamic running back Darren Sproles three weeks into the season, and All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and linebacker Jordan Hicks in October, all the way to the most frustrating injury of all, quarterback Carson Wentz's torn ACL.

Against the Falcons, the Eagles had 49 yards rushing in the opening quarter but only 47 the rest of the game against Atlanta's ninth-ranked run defense.

That opponent today is the Philadelphia Eagles. Game script was part of that, as the Jaguars were defending a lead for most of the game. If Murray is able to get going, it will make defending the play-action that much more hard.

I think the Eagles pressure will eventually get to Vikings QB Case Keenum and that will be the difference. The Eagles D-line - particularly Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham - are beasts. "We'll have a $10.99 all-you-can-eat wings and fries". It would be a wonderful story for a franchise like the Vikings to play at home for the Super Bowl.

With four teams still alive in the NFL Playoffs, there are four potential matchups for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis this February - but according to a odd Facebook post from the NFL, the outcomes of the AFC and NFC Championship games may already be determined.

The Vikings also have a more cohesive and effective offensive team than the Eagles at this point.

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