They're the second seed in the NFC, and they could play two games at home or have to travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles, sans Carson Wentz, in the NFC Championship. The NFL Super Bowl prep team may secretly be rooting for the Eagles this weekend, just so they can get in Minnesota's stadium and get to work with three weeks to get their jobs done instead of two.
There is quite the financial benefit to hosting the Super Bowl and playing in it as well for the Vikings.
Your Super Bowl matchup according to this prediction is the Patriots and the Vikings. The remaining percentage of the ticket revenue goes to the host team, and the Vikings would get that revenue on top of their Super Bowl share. However, they have turned their season around, and are looking to make another playoff run. Straight up, AccuScore predicted 12 out of 16 regular-season games correctly for the Eagles this season. He picked the Atlanta Falcons, the reigning NFC champs who lost last year's Super Bowl after having a 28-3 lead. AccuScore simulations don't give the Titans much of a chance, as New England's win probability is hovering around 82 percent. In 51 games, there has not been a single team that's gotten the unique advantage of playing in front of its home crowd.
Teams also practiced at home during Super Bowl week, which the National Football League allowed at the time. New England will host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night and is currentlya 13.5-point home favorite.
The other NFC game features defending conference champion Atlanta (+700) visiting top-seeded Philadelphia (+1400). Arguably the Steelers' worst game of the season was a 30-9 home loss to the Jags in Week 5. That game turned out to be the first Super Bowl won by the Steelers, and it was largely accomplished by the play of Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Mel Blount and the rest of the sensational Steel Curtain defense.
It is only the divisional round and there is still plenty of football to be played, but a Super Bowl rematch can still happen.
A report has claimed there is a rift between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, but tight end Rob Gronkowski has insisted he and team mates are not losing any sleep over it. This will bring the Falcons and the Vikings in the final match to determine who among them will play in this year's Super Bowl.