If you’re picking the exact opposite as me, then you’re probably doing great. As a matter of fact, the only team that was correctly guessed was the New England Patriots on my end. My Divisional Round picks from last week was horrible. In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints were picked to host the NFC title game against division foe, the Atlanta Falcons. In the AFC, New England was supposed to host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Philadelphia Eagles defense held it down in the first game against the Atlanta Falcons. In the second Saturday game, New England dominated the Titans on their way to another conference championship game. The early Sunday game saw the Jaguars pull off the upset in Pittsburgh to advance to play New England. In one of the craziest endings to a game ever, Minnesota squeaked by the Saints on the final play of the game.
We kick things off with the AFC Championship game as the Jaguars head to New England and face the Patriots. This comes as a surprise to many that the Jaguars made it past the Steelers, but it seemed like Pittsburgh had looked past them. Jacksonville has one of the better defenses in the league as they know how to pressure the QB. If that isn’t enough, they have two of the best CBs in the league in Ramsey and Bouyae. Can Blake Bortles do enough against the Patriots defense to pull off the upset against the defending champs? The big news out of New England this week is the injury to the throwing hand of Tom Brady. Either way, with this being for a shot to go to another Super Bowl, I’m not taking this injury seriously. I’m taking the Patriots to go back to the Super Bowl.
New England Win 30-20
Now it’s time for the NFC Championship as the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings. As you should know by now, Minnesota is in this position because Stefon Diggs TD catch on the last play of the game. Minnesota comes into this game with arguably the best defense in the NFC that will pressure Nick Foles. On the offensive side, Case Keenum had an MVP-like season and he’ll have to deal with the pressure coming from the Eagles defense. Can they win and host the Super Bowl in Minnesota? The Philadelphia Eagles will be the underdogs once again and it something they’ve embraced. The defense has gone four consecutive games giving up less than 10 points at home. Can Nick Foles repeat his performance from last week and eliminate the mistake he made? This could be a defensive game between these two and I believe the Vikings will leave with the win.
Minnesota Win 20-17
Super Bowl LII Matchup
New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings
Are you ready for the conference championships? Which game are you looking forward to the most? Who do you have advancing to the Super Bowl? Leave a comment below.