The AFC and NFC Championship games took place over the weekend and we now know who will be appearing at Super Bowl LII.
Sunday afternoon the #1 New England Patriots hosted the #3 Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillett Stadium in Foxborough. The Jags flexed their muscle and jumped out to a 14–3 lead over the Patriots in the first half. The Jags were able to apply tons of pressure on quarterback Tom Brady and the secondary made it difficult for receivers to gain any distance on Jacksonville’s corners, safeties and linebackers.
But in true New England form the tide changed (once again on questionable calls) which took place just before the half when the Patriots were able to put seven points on the board closing the gap to just four points. Early in the second half the Jags managed to get a field-goal in increasing their lead by seven, the Patriots however, had Super Bowl LII in mind and despite not scoring singe point in the third, Tom Brady managed to get 14 more on the board in the fourth quarter killing the Jags’ chances for a Super Bowl LII appearance.
Sunday afternoon’s game was less interesting as the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Vikings scored in the first quarter and was never able to get back into the end-zone. The Eagles on the other hand, managed to get into the end-zone for every quarter of play, and twice in the second. The Eagles beat the Vikings with ease 38–7.
The Patriots and Eagles now have two weeks to prepare for LII, which will be played in Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, at 4:30 p.m. MST. This is the Patriots 10th Super Bowl appearance, winning 5 including last year’s Super Bowl LI. This will be the Eagles’ third Super Bowl appearance since 2004 when Philadelphia faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX and lost 24 -21.
In other sports the Denver Nuggets started off the New Year with two straight wins over the Phoenix Suns, and the Utah Jazz. Since then however, they have only managed to add two more “W’s” to the win column. The Nuggets have lost 6, two straight since last Wednesday to the L.A. Clippers and the Phoenix Suns. The Nuggets will be home this week to host the Portland Trailblazers, the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks and close out the month on the road to face the San Antonio Spurs on January 30, at 6:30 p.m. MST.