NFL Postseason Continues

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NFL Postseason Continues

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Straubmuller

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Photo Courtesy of Matthew Straubmuller

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Straubmuller

Nathan Tankel, Staff Writer

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The National Football League (NFL)  Playoffs this year have been full of shocking upsets and riveting games. After the divisional round, there are only four teams remaining. The Patriots are the clear favorites to repeat as champions, but they may not have quite an easy path as everyone is saying. They are matched up with the Jaguars and from the National Football Conference it is the Eagles against the Vikings. The Patriots and Eagles have home field advantage, but the Superbowl (if the Vikings advance) will be in their own stadium.

The NFC Championship should be a very low scoring game in where the defenses dominate. The Eagles were able to hold one of the NFL’s most exciting offenses, the Atlanta Falcons, to 10 points; if they play the same dominating way then they should be able to win. The Vikings are coming off of a miracle win over the Saints which is a momentum is high for them. They won on a last second touchdown catch by Stefon Diggs which was unprecedented in NFL history. My prediction for the game is a 17-13 victory for the Eagles in which their home field advantage and winning the turnover battle proves to be the difference.

The American Football Conference Championship in contrast should be a decently high scoring game. Even though the Jaguars boast perhaps the best defense it is simply impossible to stop Tom Brady. The Patriots are a heavy favorite and this is simply because of their huge advantage at the quarterback position. Unless the Jaguars muster up some great offense or have an excellent defensive performance, this game will probably go to the Patriots. My prediction is a 28-17 victory for the Patriots because of their home field advantage and incredibly dangerous offensive attack.

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