Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

National Football League playoff predictions through Super Bowl 52

National Football League playoff predictions through Super Bowl 52

Super Bowl that is, not great Seinfeld episode. With the AFC being the designated home team in this year's Super Bowl, the AFC champion would be assigned the Vikings' practice facility and locker room and the NFC champion would practice at the University of Minnesota and get the road locker room.

Super Bowl 52 (LII) is Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium (home of the Minnesota Vikings) in Minneapolis, Minn.

Peter O'Reilly, the league's senior vice president of events, told Albert Breer of that the league would ordinarily be doing work on the Super Bowl host stadium more than two weeks ahead of the game but will have to change some of its preparations if U.S. Bank Stadium is hosting the NFC Championship Game.

Nick Foles has started three games since taking over for Wentz, and while he performed well in the Eagles' Week 15 win over the New York Giants, he could not make that same claim about the following two games against the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys.

Auburn has five former players on the active rosters of four of the remaining playoff teams.

If nothing else, the prospect of a Vikings appearance at the Super Bowl is the prospect of something unique in National Football League history.

The Alabama alumni still playing are wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw of the Atlanta Falcons, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, offensive tackle Cam Robinson and running back T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, running back Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints, guard Chance Warmack of the Philadelphia Eagles and running back Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans. Atlanta is coming off a 26-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs, and the Falcons are 2.5-point favorites over the Eagles.

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Either the Patriots or the Steelers are expected to win the AFC title. Tennessee (10-7), who have not won in New England since 1993, advanced to Saturday's game with a 22-21 wildcard victory over the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Divisional round games continue on Sunday with the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3), who like the Patriots and Eagles had a first-round bye, hosting AFC South victor Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6).

However, the Steelers are too strong for the Jaguars, and the Patriots seem likely to overwhelm the Titans.

The other NFC game features defending conference champion Atlanta (+700) visiting top-seeded Philadelphia (+1400).

No team has ever played a Super Bowl in its home stadium, and no team has even hosted a conference championship game with a chance to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium.

That will set up a Pittsburgh-Minnesota Super Bowl, and that's a rematch of Super Bowl IX.

Umenyiora added: "I like the Vikings - I think defensively they're outstanding and offensively the quarterback has played a lot better than people thought but I'm just not sold".

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