Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

NFL Conference Championship picks: Jaguars stun Patriots, Vikings top Eagles

NFL Conference Championship picks: Jaguars stun Patriots, Vikings top Eagles

Eagles fans and residents of the Philadelphia area are being advised to remain alert for possible signs of human trafficking during the weekend run-up to Sunday night's NFC Championship Game.

The Minnesota Vikings head to Philadelphia for the second straight year.

The Vikings are 0-4 and haven't been back since January of 1977.

"Of course, we all know we're one game away from the Super Bowl", Jeffery said, "but you just have to be relaxed and try to not go out there and think about that".

"That is the most hard part, keeping the level head, because you get so excited and your emotions can, like, overrun you", Eller said. "This Super Bowl is a monster and with this, it's the ideal storm", said Drew Baydala of TicketKing. "You have to kind of keep that in control, because the game is still a 60-minute game". He was distraught over how his favorite football team gave up a 17-0 halftime lead and was on the verge of letting him down again. The best football games are always the games where you're trying to get to the Super Bowl.

The market is fluid, he said, adding that prices will change based on which two teams win Sunday. "I think that is largely driven by the Vikings being still around", said Cameron Papp with Stubhub. Both teams are coming off dramatic wins, the Eagles advancing after a late fourth-down defensive stop, and the Vikings winning on Keenum-to-Stefon Diggs' 61-yard walk-off TD that will be talked about for years. Let's do one better: How about a Keenum vs. Blake Bortles Super Bowl? Pitting strength against strength, we get to see the best defenses in the league wreak havoc on the opposing offenses. "So, that's exactly the same we would envision happening if the Vikings would be able to pull it off this weekend". The team is playing with house money, and all of the pressure is on the defending Super Bowl champs. "To go out there, first playoff game, at home and come out with the win". I that's what you gotta ask yourself whenever you play this game or whatever you do.

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There is fans' optimism despite that legacy, pensive behavior because they feel something approaching a curse lurks beneath the surface and even a fatalism to impending failure because that's all they've ever known. "I just can't wait until this is over because there's nothing enjoyable about going to yet another Super Bowl party when you don't have a dog in the fight". It could be a mistake (hardly my first), but home-field advantage is the difference in this one.

"He explained that the Super Bowl was already on his bucket list", Nowakowski said.

When doubts creep in Sunday evening about the Vikings' season possibly crashing to an end, fans can thank their ancestors - and not a father or grandmother who taught them to cheer for the Vikings.

Nowakowski said he expects to hear similar stories Monday morning - if the Vikings win.

A fan's proclivity to be either pessimistic or optimistic on a Vikings outcome can be a tendency they're born with, Hansen said. The company, the official purveyor of Super Bowl LII tickets, has multiple packages, including the recently released "Hall of Fame" package, for less than the cost of a ticket alone on the secondary market. Ring of Honor member Chuck Foreman helped the Vikings win those three NFC titles in his first four pro seasons.

The NFL will allocate 20 percent of all tickets to each participating team.

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