Road to Super Bowl 54: Divisional Weekend

The Road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami is officially down to eight teams, after what truly was a “wild” card weekend. A quick look at the divisional weekend matchups as we prepare to narrow the field down to the final four.

(6) Minnesota Vikings at (1) San Francisco 49ers — Saturday, January 11, 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC

“A week’s worth of discussion about, yes, running games. This game will feature two of the NFL’s six most productive rushing offenses based on yards. The Vikings are especially dependent on the presence of tailback Dalvin Cook, who has scored 10 touchdowns in their 11 victories and three in their six losses.” — Kevin Seifert,

(6) Tennessee Titans at (1) Baltimore Ravens — Saturday, January 11, 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS

“This game will come down to the quarterbacks… or maybe it won’t. That’s because each side boasts a fantastic rushing attack, with one coming from multiple contributors, and the other carried by one hulking pair of shoulders. History is on the side of Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, as each of the three prior postseason meetings between a team with the NFL’s leader rusher and the league’s best rushing offense have all been won by the former.” — Nick Shook,

(4) Houston Texans at (2) Kansas City Chiefs — Sunday, January 12, 3:05 p.m. ET on CBS

“In Week 6 in Kansas City, Houston beat the Chiefs, 31-24. Carlos Hyde had a huge game for the Texans, rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown, and QB Deshaun Watson rushed for two TDs of his own. The Texans, who benefited from Buffalo QB Josh Allen’s inaccuracy in the wild-card win over the Bills, will have no such luxury against the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes, who has a 65.9 completion percentage. Kansas City’s defense is much improved since the first meeting.

The Chiefs finished the regular season with the league’s seventh-best scoring defense, up from 24th last season. That said, the Chiefs are 29th in the league in yards per carry allowed (4.9) but are fifth best in net yards per passing attempt allowed ( 5.7). Mahomes’ numbers (4,031 yards passing, 26 TDs) weren’t as eye-popping as his 2018 MVP campaign, but he was better at protecting the ball, throwing just five interceptions. The Chiefs have held three of their past five opponents under 10 points.” — Chris Mueller, YardBarker

(5) Seattle Seahawks at (2) Green Bay Packers — Sunday, January 12, 6:40 p.m. ET on FOX

“These teams have had some legendary and meaningful matchups. In the 2003 postseason, the Packers won an overtime matchup on a pick-six. In 2012, the Seahawks won the “Fail Mary” game on Monday Night Football. In the 2014 NFC Championship Game, the Seahawks came back from a 12-point deficit to win in overtime. This time, they’ll play for the right to advance to the 2019 NFC Championship Game.” — Kevin Seifert,



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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XLV

The 2019 NFL playoffs are nearly set… and with just a few weeks left until the field of 32 is narrowed to 12 on the Road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami, we’re heading back to Super Bowl XLV between two 2020 Super Bowl hopefuls — the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

A-Rod Gets His Ring

Played in front of 91,060 fans at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texans, Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and Steelers was one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory. Head coach Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers would take home the Lombardi trophy, by a final score of 31-25.

Super Bowl XLV MVP honors were awarded to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, after completing 25 of his 39 pass attempts for 304 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers came out of the gates firing in the first half, building a lead that would prove to be insurmountable to the Steelers, eventually winning Green Bay the game.

Popular artist Christina Aguilera sang the national anthem before Super Bowl XLV, with the halftime show returning to it’s hip-hop roots with the Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash. FOX Network broadcasted Super Bowl XLV, with announcers Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Chris Myers handling broadcasting duties. The cost of a 30-second commercial in Super Bowl XLV rose to $3 million.



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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl II

Two teams looking to rebound in the 2019 season — we’re taking a look back at the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II on the Road to 2020 Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

The NFL vs. AFL: Act II

Held at Miami’s Orange Bowl Stadium on January 14, 1968, the Green Bay Packers would make their second-straight appearance in front of more than 74,000 fans in Super Bowl II. Officially known as the second NFL-AFL Championship game, a second-straight victory for the NFL, providing fans with belief that the NFL was much more talented than the AFL.

After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the first “Super Bowl,” the Packers would take on the feared Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. Reporters and fans alike expected the Packers to dominate the game, and in that they were correct. In fact, the Oakland Raiders were only able to score twice throughout the entirety of the game.

Don Chandler, the Packers kicker, was able to make four field goals and defensive back Herb Adderley added a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown en route to the Packers’ second straight championship, a 33-41 victory over Oakland.

Not to be forgotten was Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who not only was the first two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, but was the first two-time Super Bowl MVP as well. Just two Super Bowls played, two championships and two Super Bowl MVP awards would help to cement Starr’s status as one of the all-time greats.



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Super Bowl 50 Favorites: You Called It, the Indianapolis Colts

Several large football news organizations are betting the Indianapolis Colts to win, or at least be a part of Super Bowl 50. The Colts have entered into the swirl of names that get thrown around to make a deep playoff run. They’re there with the Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, Broncos and Cowboys.


Andrew Luck Meets Aaron Rodgers



Way back in March Colts were Vegas odds favorites to win Super Bowl 50. More recently, the CBS Prediction Machine simulation has Packers over Colts in Super Bowl 50. USA Today makes a good point. They bring up the fact that each year coaching with the Colts, Coach Pagano and Andrew Luck have gotten farther and done better. So, if that patterns holds, this year they’ll be in Super Bowl 50. Even the International Business Times listed the Colts as one of the main favorites.

But what does all this hype mean? Pretty much just that. It’s hype. It’s early in the year. All these predictions are looking at last year’s team, but the Colts have changed since then. All these predictions really say is that the Colts did well last year, they’re expected to do well again, watch out everyone else.

More importantly, the Colts will continue to either grow or get hurt over the course of the season. By becoming early prohibitive favorites, the Colts lose their underdog, under the radar status.

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