Super Bowl draws nearer with all eyes on Minneapolis, experience wins championships

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Jack Reus, Assistant Sports Editor

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After a regular season full of injury, upsets and cinderella stories, and what’s been a bizarre postseason there are only four teams left, all fighting for the same goal, a Super Bowl victory.

 

This years NFC championship features the red hot NFC North champions, Minnesota Vikings who have had an exceptional season under darkhorse quarterback, Case Keenum. Very few teams have been able to slow this Vikings team down, but believe me they’ve slown others down, their defense is grueling and unyielding.

 

They are set to battle the number one seed in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles who are without Quarterback/ NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz and have many people wondering… can they do it without their head man and savior Wentz?

 

The AFC championship game once again features the New England Patriots. The Patriots have been to the AFC title game seven years in a row now and are having a stellar season. Paving the way for them is no other than Tom Brady, the GOAT. Brady has had an MVP style season and is a very dangerous quarterback in the playoffs as we have all seen over the course of his career.

 

Their challenger, the Jaguars of Jacksonville who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. This Jaguars team has one of the strongest defenses in the league allowing only 16.8 points per game. When you combine that defense with the spectacular production out of Leonard Fournette, you realize these guys really are dangerous.

 

So there may be four teams left, but there is only one question left to answer… Who wins it all? I believe the New England Patriots will go back to back and win the Super Bowl once again, getting Tom Brady his sixth career Super Bowl ring, guaranteeing him as the best to ever play the game.

 

The Patriots have it going for them in every area. Offensively, they are ranked second in the league in pass yards per game as well as point scored per game. They have also proved they have the capability to run the ball, averaging over 118 rush yards per game. Defensively, they are ranked fourth in terms of points allowed, giving up only 18.5 points per contest.

 

In fact, if we have learned one thing this postseason, it is that defense wins championships. All four of the teams remaining have defenses ranked in the top 5 in points per game allowed.

 

The ultimate decision maker for me is experience. This Sunday’s game will mark Tom Brady’s 36th career playoff start and his 12th AFC championship in 18 seasons. Let that sink in. This man has seen it all, he has proven he can overcome adversity and bring his team to victory.  He rarely chokes under pressure.

 

As for the other three quarterbacks taking the field this weekend, they are much more on the inexperienced side. Case Keenum (Vikings QB) has only had one career playoff start and that was last weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

 

Eagles QB, Nick Foles has only had two career postseason starts, oh and not to mention he’s there backup quarterback playing for a Super Bowl. The pressure is big.

 

And lastly, that leaves us with Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles who only has two career playoff starts as well. Now granted, Blake Bortles is much younger than the other QB’s competing and he has done a great job rallying the Jags this season up to this point, but he’s got a daunting task this weekend. He’s going into Gillette Stadium and playing the NFL superpower and arguably the best player in NFL history. If you don’t believe home field advantage is all that crucial, you don’t get it. In 18 seasons as the Patriots QB, Tom Brady has only lost at home 19 times. Take this into perspective, the Cleveland Browns as a team have lost 17 games at home in the last two years.

 

Now I know what you’re thinking, the ultimate home field advantage will go to the Vikings if they advance onto the Super Bowl. That is correct considering the fact Minneapolis is hosting this years game. But are the Vikings really at an advantage? I mean yeah they have the crowd on their side and are used to playing in this stadium. But the Patriots have an even better advantage for them on their side… his name is Tom Brady.

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