An unwritten rule for most NFL teams allows for 24 hours to celebrate (or stew over) a result and then get back to work to prepare for the next opponent.
So while football fans were still wrapping their head around the Vikings’ last-second 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints, now destined to be known as the “Minneapolis Miracle,” the Vikings were starting to think about playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
It took everything the Vikings had, and every second on the clock, but, as Bing predicted, Minnesota came out on top. It was one of Bing’s two correct picks from the four NFL divisional round games. Bing had favored the Atlanta Falcons over the Eagles, even though the game was at Philadelphia. It wasn’t an unreasonable guess, given the largely unknown quantity that was quarterback Nick Foles, who was starting for the injured Carson Wentz. The Eagles won 15-10.
Bing can be forgiven for failing to predict the Jaguars’ 45-42 win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Who knew quarterback Blake Bortles could lead the Jacksonville offense to 45 points against one of the NFL’s top defenses. The Steelers could have been overlooking the Jaguars, looking ahead to face the Patriots. Of course, that’s a chance they will not get, at least this season.
The Patriots’ win over the Tennessee Titans was the most ho-hum game of the weekend. Of course, Bing had favored New England. After all, never doubt quarterback Tom Brady, who won his 26th career playoff game.
Now Brady and his bunch, the defending Super Bowl champions, are heavily favored over the young, yet confident, Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game. Experience is typically a factor in the NFL postseason, which gives the Patriots a huge advantage.
The Vikings, who are favored on the road at Philadelphia, are one win away from becoming the first NFL team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. Again, not much faith in Nick Foles or his Eagles at home. It shouldn’t take a miracle for the Vikings to win in this round.
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