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AFC, NFC Championship games hold promise of yet another dramatic weekend.

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Cincinnati Bengals v Jacksonville Jaguars
Jalen Ramsey challenges A.J. Green
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Amazing finishes were the order of the day this past weekend. Jacksonville turned back a challenge from the Steelers, and Philadelphia survived a furious comeback by the Falcons that fell just short in the final seconds. And then there was the finish in Minnesota, which will go down as one of the greatest of all times.

Whether this weekend can live up to the excitement of those games remains to be seen, but the matchup are intriguing ones that certainly hold promise.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots

For 18 years, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots have ruled the roost. During that time, the duo has combined for five Super Bowl championships, with the latest coming just last year.

But one man has had their number. Tom Coughlin, the executive vice president of football operations for the Jaguars, went 3-2 against Belichick in Brady when he was head coach of the Jaguars and New York Giants, with the losses coming by a total of four points.

Coughlin-led teams have faced Belichick’s Patriots twice in the postseason, and both times came away with victories. His Giants won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, and the Jaguars hope to keep that streak alive Sunday.

But it is not going to happen unless the Jaguars can do something that only one other team has ever done in the playoffs – shut down Rob Gronkowski. Of course, that one team was Coughlin’s Giants, who held Gronkowski to two catches for 26 yards and no touchdowns in Super Bowl XLVI.

The job of slowing down Gronkowski will probably fall to Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the same player who caused the A.J. Green implosion earlier in the season. Ramsey has a way of getting under other player’s skin, and we have already witnessed one Gronkowski meltdown this season. Might there be another?

How to watch Jaguars (12-6) at Patriots (14-3)

Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Time: 3:05 p.m. ET

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

TV Channels: CBS

SB Nation Coverage: Big Cat Country and Pats Pulpit

Online Streaming: CBS Sports will be streaming the game via Stream; international viewers can use NFL Game Pass.

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub Live Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Dan Fouts (analyst) will call the action and Ed Werder will host pregame and halftime shows.

Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (color analyst) and Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely (sideline reporters).

Odds: Patriots: -8.5; over/under: 46 (Bovada)

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

Neither one of these guys were even supposed to be here.

Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles began the season as the backup to Carson Wentz, and would still be in that role if not for an injury to Wentz in a victory over the Rams in Week 14. Foles has directed the Eagles to three straight victories since he stepped into the starting role, including last week’s 15-10 win over the visiting Falcons.

Case Keenum was even more of an afterthought for the Vikings. While Foles came into the season with an overall record of 20-16, including an 8-2 mark with these same Eagles in 2013 that included 27 touchdowns and only two interceptions, Keenum was the quintessential journeyman.

Keenum had been a career backup since being signed by the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He finally got his chance to start last year with the Rams, but was benched after a disappointing 4-5 season. When the Vikings picked up Keenum in March of 2017, they were getting a quarterback with a career record of 9-15 and without a lot of upside.

But Keenum bucked the odds. Since taking over for the injured Sam Bradford after the first game of the season, Keenum led the Vikings to a record of 12-3 and the second seed in the National Football Conference. He also threw the improbable pass to Stefon Diggs that began the “Minnesota Miracle” and sent the Vikings into the NFC Championship game.

One of these guys will be playing for the Super Bowl championship in two weeks back in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The stage is set.

How to watch Vikings (14-3) at Eagles (14-3)

Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Time: 6:40 p.m. ET

Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV Channels: FOX

SB Nation Coverage: Daily Norseman and Bleeding Green Nation

Online Streaming: FOX Sports will be streaming the game via Fox Sports Live; international viewers can use NFL Game Pass.

Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP Live Online Radio Stream. Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Trent Green (analyst) will call the action and Ross Tucker will host pregame and halftime shows.

Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color analyst) and Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (sideline reporters).

Odds: Vikings: -3; over/under: 38.5 (Bovada)