Vikings, Patriots open as favorites to reach Super Bowl

The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves home underdogs again, with the Minnesota Vikings opening as 3.5-point favorites in Sunday’s NFC conference championship.

The No. 1 seed Eagles, who are playing with backup quarterback Nick Foles in place of the injured Carson Wentz, were also underdogs against the sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons in their NFC divisional game on Saturday, which they won 15-10.

The second-seeded Minnesota Vikings stunned the New Orleans Saints on Sunday by winning 29-24 on 61-yard touchdown reception by Stefon Diggs with no time remaining.

The Vikings are seeking to become the first NFL team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. Super Bowl LII is set for Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Over in the AFC, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots opened as a 9.5-point favorite over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday’s AFC championship game set for Gillette Stadium.

The third-seeded Jaguars advanced Sunday with a 45-42 victory over the second-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers and will now travel to face the top-seeded Patriots, who beat the Tennessee Titans 35-14 on Saturday.