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Vikings' playoff run poses logistical challenges for Super Bowl preparations

Vikings' playoff run poses logistical challenges for Super Bowl preparations

In what might be a defacto NFC championship game, the Vikings play host to the Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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The 1984 San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XIX playing at nearby Stanford Stadium, but that was not the Niners' home stadium. Heading into the season, a Super Bowl rematch seemed likely. NBC has the Olympics through 2032 as part of a $12 billion deal, and it's one of three networks that will take turns carrying the Super Bowl through 2022. You're not going to get into a mental game against them because they're going to win every time. The Atlanta Falcons then upset the L.A. Rams at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, even though AccuScore predicted that to be the tightest game of wild-card weekend.

The Philadelphia Eagles are the top seed in the NFC, but they have been hurt badly by the ACL injury suffered by quarterback Carson Wentz in Week 14. The Titans' defense is stout, but the Patriots are talented across the board, which gives them a great chance of making it back to the AFC Championship game. The Patriots will be facing off against the Tennessee Titans, who fought through a tough game against the Kansas City Chiefs.




The Eagles played like the best team in the National Football League for the majority of the National Football League season, but that is no longer the case. The Vikings will know if hosting the NFC Championship Game is on the line because the Eagles will host the Falcons on Saturday.

Troy with Titans safety Brynden Trawick, UAB with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Chris Hubbard and West Alabama with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler also still have alumni in the Super Bowl tournament. We see the Steelers and Pats meeting in a classic AFC title game, and as long as wideout Antonio Brown is healthy, Pittsburgh will find a way to beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. An angry Tom Brady is usually at his best. In a typical year, that work is already underway at the host site for the Super Bowl, but the National Football League is forced to work around the Vikings as the team prepares to host a divisional round playoff game this weekend, and possibly prepares for a home game in the NFC Championship Game the following weekend. Alabama has had 40 alumni play in the Super Bowl, with 28 on the winning team, including a current streak of five years with a victor.

By Sunday night, Auburn could have as many as four alumni still in the Super Bowl chase or as few as one.