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Ten Things We Learned From The Conference Championships
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Ten Things We Learned From The Conference Championships

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1. Tom Brady showed no fear of Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl corners A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, drawing a pass interference flag on each for a total of 68 yards and setting up the New England Patriots’ first TD.

2.) The New England Patriots are headed to their 10th Super Bowl (no other franchise has gone more than eight times). A win in Super Bowl LII will put New England in a tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ record for most Lombardi Trophies won (six).

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3.) Could Danny Amendola be Bill Belichick’s favorite player? After all, what “job” can’t he do? Sunday, Amendola completed one pass for 20 yards, rushed once for three yards, returned a pair of punts… and wasn’t bad on his bread-and-butter stuff, grabbing seven Brady passes for 84 yards and scoring twice, including a beautiful four-yard snatch in the back of the end zone that put New England ahead for good.

4.) The Minnesota Vikings allowed a league-low 15.8 points per game during the regular season. Philadelphia burned them for a season-high 38 Sunday. The Vikings never expected this as their defense is what makes the Vikings tick.

5.) Yes, it’s slightly premature to look toward next season if you’re the Philadelphia  Eagles front office but with Nick Foles, 29 and under contract for one more year, is it worth trying to spin him off for the second time in three years to a franchise that might view him as a potential starter?

6.) A few months ago, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the Jacksonville Jaguars would move on from quarterback Blake Bortles in 2018. After watching him gracefully handle questions for weeks about outsiders’ disparaging opinions of him, even as his postseason play incrementally improved each week, paying him $19 million for another year of service suddenly doesn’t seem like a bad option. His performance Sunday (23-for-36, 293 yards, TD) was nearly as good as Brady’s.

7.) The Jacksonville Jaguars almost became the first team ever to make the leap from a three-win campaign to the Super Bowl in a year. Instead, they remain one of four franchises (along with the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans) to never reach the big game.

8.) The New England Patriots will technically be the home team in Super Bowl LII but they may want to opt for white jerseys. The team wearing white has prevailed in 12 of the past 13 Super Bowls. During that span, New England is 4-0 in white and 0-2 in blue.

9.) New England  Patriots defensive back Eric Rowe was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2015 but didn’t stick around much longer than Chip Kelly. Philadelphia defensive end Chris Long and running back LeGarrette Blount won rings with New England last year.

10.) The Minnesota Vikings have a much bigger quarterback quandary. Kyle Sloter  is the only one currently under contract in Minnesota for 2018 with Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater all scheduled to become free agents.

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