After a thrilling Divisional Round of the 2018 NFL playoffs, the conference rounds are set. The Jacksonville Jaguars will face off against the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship, while the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles will meet to determine the NFC representative in Super Bowl LII.
In the AFC, it will be a battle between old and new. Tom Brady has the most playoff wins of any quarterback in NFL history, while Blake Bortles is playing in the playoffs for the first time in his career. However, Jacksonville is not defined by the play of Bortles. Rather, their stifling defense and extremely efficient run game has led them to this point. For the Patriots, it’s been business as usual. Outside of quarterbacking, there’s nothing in particular New England does great, but there’s nothing they really struggle at anymore.
In the other matchup, it’s a battle between two former Jeff Fisher-coached quarterbacks.
2 quarterbacks coached by Jeff Fisher with the Rams are playing in the NFC Championship game.— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 15, 2018
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Case Keenum has proved doubters wrong time and time again this year, putting up an amazingly unexpected 2017 season. Keenum finished with the league’s second-best completion percentage (67.6), seventh-best passer rating (98.3) and was 13th in yards per attempt (7.34).
Nick Foles has a little more to prove. He has only started four games this season (including the playoffs) and the results have been decidedly mixed. However, Foles has an excellent running game around him and his defense is one of the only in the league that can go toe-to-toe with the Vikings’ defense.
It should be another thrilling weekend in the NFL. Here’s how to watch:
AFC Championship: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
Date/Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018 — 3:05 p.m. ET
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports mobile app
Odds: Patriots by 9
NFC Championship: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
Date/Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018 — 6:40 p.m. ET
Online streaming: Fox Sports Go, Yahoo Sports mobile app
Odds: Vikings by 3.5