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Jan 22, 2018

2017 NFL Conference Championship Review

After championship Sunday, the Eagles and the Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl for a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX 13 years ago. The Patriots squeaked out a 24-21 victory in that one, and what comes as no surprise to anyone, the Patriots are already relatively heavy favorites for this year’s game. The Eagles have embraced their role as the underdogs throughout their playoff run this year and will be sporting the dog masks one more time.

The Jaguars and the Patriots kicked off the action this Sunday in Foxborough, where Jacksonville came out strong. Blake Bortles was actually throwing the ball and at one point in the first half tied a career high with 12 straight completions. The Jaguars defense played the Patriots strong through the first three quarters, giving up only 10 points. With touchdowns from Fournette and tight end Mercedes Lewis, Jacksonville took a 17-10 lead into the fourth quarter and looked poised to pull off the big upset. But if history has taught us anything it is to never count Tom Brady out. Even without Gronk out, who left with a head injury in the first half, Brady led a late comeback against the best pass defense in the NFL. Brady hooked up with Amendola for a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning gem to seal the deal. Amendola finished the game with two touchdowns, 84 yards, and 23.9 daily fantasy points as the Patriots beat the Jaguars 24-20, and head to their third Super Bowl in four years.

The night game was much less exciting as the Eagles trounced the Vikings 38-7. The Vikings looked great in their opening drive, marching down the field with ease, and capping it off with a 25-yard touchdown to Kyle Rudolph. It looked as if everything was set for the Vikings to head to their first Super Bowl in 41 seasons, and they would get to play the Super Bowl in front of their home crowd. But that excitement soon faded as Nick Foles had a career game against one of the league’s toughest defenses. Foles threw for 352-yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Alshon Jeffery led all Eagle’s receivers with 23 fantasy points on 85-yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Eagles defense held up their side of the bargain after the opening drive touchdown, picking off Keenum twice as well as forcing a Case Keenum fumble. The Eagles held the Viking’s receiving duo of Thielen and Diggs to under 100 combined yards. Nick Foles will try to lead the Eagles to one more victory two weeks from now in Super Bowl LII.

With the conference championships in the books, we have only the Super Bowl to look forward to now in the NFL world. Unfortunately, that also means an end to the NFL contests on Draftboard for the year, as we need at least a two-game slate to offer any contests. We would like to thank everyone who played with us in our opening season at Draftboard. We had a great time bringing you the contests, and hope you all had a great time playing in them. Now it’s time to focus your attention on our daily NBA slates and try and climb the ranks of the NBA Dynasty for a shot at $10,000.

Dan Quinn