In what might be a defacto NFC championship game, the Vikings play host to the Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga and Idina Menzel are the last three singers to perform the anthem. After all, it would be silly for the team playing in a Super Bowl in their home stadium to be kicked out of their own room and practice facility. "We are very focused on making sure that the two facilities are equitable, and our football operations side takes a lot of time to make sure the two facilities that we're delivering to the two Super Bowl teams have equivalent facilities in terms of space, opportunity for meeting rooms and access to facilities and weight rooms", O'Reilly told SI. Thirty-two Auburn alumni have played in the Super Bowl, and 16 were members of the winning team, including defensive backs Jonathan Jones and Brandon King with the Patriots a year ago.
"Didn't half of their viewers just turn off the dial for the Super Bowl weekend?" co-host Katie Pavlich opined. "Home" teams also stayed in hotels rather than their homes.
The Alabama alumni still playing are wide receiver Julio Jones and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw of the Atlanta Falcons, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, offensive tackle Cam Robinson and running back T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars, running back Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints, guard Chance Warmack of the Philadelphia Eagles and running back Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans. Atlanta is coming off a 26-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs, and the Falcons are 2.5-point favorites over the Eagles. But they still let advertisers reach tens of millions of viewers at once, and networks compete fiercely for the rights to big games.More news: 'Meltdown' CPU vulnerability fix has 'negligible' performance impact on Google's cloud infrastructure
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On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars kick off the festivities. 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. AccuScore has made its 2017 National Football League playoff picks by simulating each divisional-round game 10,000 times to predict the probabilities of reaching the next round on the road to Super Bowl 52. There are many returning starters this season, which help with the team's playoff experience.
This time, it's the Vikings with the better defense, and that unit coupled with the Minnesota's home-field advantage, will lead the way to the franchise's first Super Bowl victory.
That will set up a Pittsburgh-Minnesota Super Bowl, and that's a rematch of Super Bowl IX.