For the NFL, the transition from 2017 to 2018 marked the end of the regular season and the beginning of the postseason. With the wild-card round, divisional round and conference championships complete, the NFL playoff schedule ends Feb. 4 in Minnesota, where Super Bowl 52 will take place.
New England entered the playoffs as No. 1 seed in the AFC for the seventh time since 2003. With their win over the Jaguars in the AFC title game, the Patriots became the 29th No. 1 seed since the league adopted the 12-team playoff format to advance to the Super Bowl. In those 27 seasons, a No. 1 seed has gone on to win the Super Bowl 13 times (48.1 percent). New England will face Philadelphia, which beat Minnesota in the NFC title game.
Some travel agents in Minnesota are warning Vikes fans to be careful around Eagles fans, saying they should even consider removing their Minnesota jerseys and apparel. One admits the warnings sound like we’re almost talking about gangs.
Drew Baydala of Minneapolis’ Ticket King told CBS Philadelphia he’s warning Vikings fans to remove their colors if Minnesota wins.
If the Vikings win, yes, I would take off any sort of, like, colors, Baydala said. I know it sounds ridiculous, like we’re almost talking about gangs here, but it’s no joke down in Philly. It really isn’t.
Philadelphia sports fans are among the most enthusiastic in American sports, so supposedly heartless they once infamously booed Santa Claus at an Eagles game. Some outsiders would say that enthusiasm sometimes goes too far. Before last Saturday’s Eagles-Falcons game, a drunken Eagles fan allegedly punched a police officer’s horse, also striking the officer.