The dramatic finish that the Vikings were involved in last week could have them heading into Philadelphia a bit flat here, and in turn keep them from reaching their fifth Super Bowl in franchise history. In their first-round playoff game at home against Buffalo, the Jags barely scored 10 points and quarterback Blake Bortles was 12 of 23 for 87 yards with a TD.
However, the Jaguars jumped out to a 28-7 lead and dictated the pace of their 45-42 playoff upset.
Jalen Ramsey said the Jaguars are going to the Super Bowl AND they're going to win that bitch. They finished 15-1 in the regular season, Randall Cunningham was on fire and Randy Moss was lighting up the National Football League as a rookie.
"When you have a defense that can shut that type of firepower down", said Brian Robison, a linebacker on the Vikings defense that ranked No. 1 in yards and points allowed, "it allows you to win ballgames". Some of those weren't due to the quarterback, but he does have some decent weapons. And the club may need an assist from its defense for that to happen. Tom Brady, of course, is the most elite of all time.
The emergence of Danny Amendola (11 catches last week) and success of Rob Gronkowski provide tough matchup problems even for Jacksonville's quick, athletic defense. They have only one opening-day starter on injured reserve: former Pro Bowl receiver Robinson, who tore his left ACL on Jacksonville's opener.
"They probably put that out on objective to give us some more bulletin board material", Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham told NJ Advance Media. The weather negated both teams' ability to open up their passing game, which helped aid the Eagles in winning ugly. If they want to pencil them in, that's cool. His 54 yards on 15 carries led Eagles rushers, though he, like the rest of the running game, was effectively stifled after halftime (Ajayi carried seven times for four yards). But one thing is for certain: A conference championship Sunday that results in a Vikings-Patriots matchup will certainly raise a few eyebrows in Philadelphia and Jacksonville. The league also emphasized that other graphics with the four remaining quarterbacks were also made, but were set to be released on Monday. One storyline to watch will be Andrew Sendejo's availability for Minnesota after suffering a concussion in the Divisional Round win over New Orleans. The Vikings are strong enough on both sides of the ball to make it to the Super Bowl, where they will be the away team The NFC team will be the "road team" this year, so does this mean they will have to use their visitors' locker room? But you should be expecting a low-scoring, defensive struggle Sunday night. However, the AFC and NFC championship games are going to be impressive, with the Patriots offense against a strong Jaguars defense and two surprising quarterbacks in Keenum and Nick Foles, who played a year ago for Jeff Fisher's 7-9 Los Angeles Rams. However, the Jaguars still trail on the Super Bowl odds as +650 longshots. I don't think Case Keenum can handle what he's about to face Sunday afternoon. Both are excellent route runners with exceptional hands.