The three teams identified almost a month ago as "overrated" went 0-3 in the postseason and two of the three teams identified as the "best in the league" made the Conference Championship. However, recent history shows the Jaguars have a realistic chance to belay the celebrations until AFTER the Super Bowl. Brady and Fournette are arguably the most important player for their respective teams.
Jacksonville defeated Buffalo 10-3 on January 7, allowing Dareus to eliminate the coach and general manager who had traded him five games into the 2017 season for a sixth-round draft choice. The second-year defensive end, coming off another brilliant season, had himself a game on Sunday against the favoured Pittsburgh Steelers. "I've always thought it was the most hard place I've ever played". Although Jacksonville had an incredible ride this season and should be taken very seriously, this is where the roads ends. Coach Mike Tomlin told Tony Dungy on NBC-TV in November that the Steelers "should win it all" and would likely see the Foxborough foes again.
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Ramsey said the Jaguars were going to win the AFC Championship Game and then emerge victorious in the Super Bowl. Although the Patriots occasionally start slowly, like on Saturday against the Titans, they're never unprepared or unmotivated and always respond well to adversity. Jacksonville was fifth at 26.1, despite being led by the much-maligned Blake Bortles at quarterback. Most of that success was credited to the defense and run game. He had been scheduled to hold a news conference at that time.
Four teams were weeded out over the weekend, with a few surprising exits, and now the Patriots, Jaguars, Eagles, and Vikings will battle it out on Sunday in the conference championship games. Minnesota allowed just 15.8 points per game, while the Eagles allowed 18.4. A combination of a top-notch defense, cold weather and the home crowd is Philadelphia's formula for victory, which worked to perfection against the Falcons. But Nick Foles and the Eagles did just enough-largely because while they lost a pair of fumbles, Foles avoided making ill-advised throws.
In the NFC Championship, he'll face stiffer competition in the league's best scoring defense. Kamara can look back on his debut season with pride as the third round pick had an excellent season and will be the frontrunner for the offensive rookie of the year award. You can already hear the moaning from the fans at Gillette Stadium on Sunday if Brady is not playing like Brady or Hoyer comes running onto the field. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees engineered an incredible second-half comeback, but the Vikings still forced the future Hall-of-Famer into two interceptions while holding him to under 300 yards and his second-lowest completion percentage of the year. No quarterback has played in eight Super Bowls, no head coach has coached in eight Super Bowls. He helped assemble a squad with coach Doug Marrone that has been powered by a tenacious defense that ranked second in the National Football League during the regular season in sacks.
The main difference between Atlanta and Minnesota's offenses isn't personnel, but coaching. Like I said, the offense is a problem, the defense is a problem and special teams is a problem. Between the backs, the quarterback and his role in it, it is very challenging.