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Sunday open thread: Which two teams will play in the Super Bowl?

Who do you think wins today’s Conference Championship games?

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It’s Conference Championship Sunday, and before the day is through, we’ll know the two participants for Super Bowl LII. Earlier in the week, we polled the fanbase to see which teams Detroit Lions fans were rooting for. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings were the two top vote getters, so it’s safe to say that is the matchup that many are rooting for.

But that doesn’t answer today’s Question of the Day.

Which two teams do you think will advance and play in the Super Bowl?

My answer: I have to pick the favorites. I think it will be Patriots vs. Vikings in Super Bowl LII.

But I will say this: I think the Jaguars have a hell of a shot to take down the Patriots. They are built exactly like the kind of team you’d want to face off against New England. On offense, they’re capable of drawing out long possession with a solid running game, keeping Brady off the field for long periods of time. On defense, they can pressure Tom Brady and their secondary can make capitalize on that pressure.

However, you’ll be hard-pressed to ever see me pick against the Patriots in the playoffs. Everything else aside, they have the one thing that no one can ever match: the greatest coach in NFL history. Even if a matchup looked completely favorable for their opponent on paper, it would be hard for me to pick against New England.

In the NFC matchup, I really only see it this way. With Nick Foles in for Carson Wentz, the Eagles just aren’t as well-rounded as the Vikings are. Don’t be fooled by Foles’ statline in the divisional round, the Eagles are essentially one-dimensional with him behind center, and that’s not going to cut it against the Vikings. Minnesota can sell out on the run, and Foles is not going to beat them. He just isn’t.

Philly’s only hope is to create some turnovers on defense, which they’ve had no problem doing in the past (fourth most in 2017). The problem is the Vikings almost never turn it over (third least). The home crowd and the weather are in Philly’s favor, but they’re going to need all the help they can get to take down this Vikings team.

Your turn.

Poll

Who will play in Super Bowl LII?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Eagles and Patriots
    (159 votes)
  • 11%
    Eagles and Jaguars
    (78 votes)
  • 41%
    Vikings and Patriots
    (276 votes)
  • 22%
    Vikings and Jaguars
    (149 votes)
662 votes total Vote Now