Jags, Vikes looking to snap skid for road teams in conference title games

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The Jacksonville Jaguars (12-6) have never been to the Super Bowl. The Minnesota Vikings (14-3) are 0-4 in the big game and have not played for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in more than 40 years.

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Jags, Vikes Looking to Snap Skid for Road Teams in Conference Title GamesBoth the Jaguars and the Vikings are road teams that will also be trying to break an eight-game losing streak for visitors in conference title games, going 0-5 against the spread in the previous five as well heading into Sunday’s action.

Jacksonville undoubtedly has the more difficult road, going through Foxborough against the New England Patriots (14-3), who are playing in their seventh consecutive AFC Championship Game. The Jaguars are listed as 9-point underdogs and have lost the past seven meetings with the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots straight up, going 2-5 against the spread in those games

New England has also gone an incredible 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games overall with a current 7-1 ATS run in the playoffs as well.

Meanwhile, Minnesota is in a completely different situation as a 3.5-point road favorite versus the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) in the NFC Championship Game. The Vikings are coming off a thrilling 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints last week on the last play of the game after blowing a 17-0 lead at home, and now they hope to capitalize on that opportunity with a shot to host Super Bowl 52 on their home field at U.S. Bank Stadium.

However, the Eagles have won nine of the past 12 meetings with Minnesota, going 11-3 ATS in the previous 14 games between the teams. Philadelphia is also relishing the role of home underdog, going a perfect 4-0 straight up the four times the team has been in this scenario all-time.

One of them came last week when the Eagles topped the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 behind an outstanding defensive performance, especially in the second half. The Falcons led 10-9 at halftime and had a chance to win the game but could not score another touchdown on their final drive that stalled at the Philly two-yard line with about a minute left. It may take a similar effort for the Eagles to fly to Minneapolis.


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