For the third consecutive year, the NFC Championship Game was a blowout of 20 points or more. In 2015, the Carolina Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the title game; last season the Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers, 44-21; and yesterday, the Philadelphia Eagles won a Super Bowl berth with a 38-7 win over Minnesota.
The Eagles’ win over the Vikings was also the ninth time in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) that an AFC or NFC title game ended with one team beating another by more than 30 points.
Here are the nine conference championship games since 1966 that were 30-point blowouts.
48 points: 1990-Buffalo over the L.A. Raiders, 51-3
41 points: 2000-N.Y. Giants over Minnesota, 41-0
38 points: 2014-New England over Indianapolis, 45-7
34 points: 2015-Carolina over Arizona, 49-15
34 points: 1968-Baltimore Colts over Cleveland, 34-0
33 points: 1967-Oakland over Houston Oilers, 40-7
31 points: 1991-Washington over Detroit, 41-10
31 points: 2017-Philadelphia over Minnesota, 38-7
30 points: 1975-Dallas over L.A. Rams, 37-7
It’s interesting to note, however, that winning a conference championship game by 30 or more points does not guarantee that team will win their next game in the Super Bowl. Consider this:
- Of the eight teams that won their conference championship game by 30 or more points, only two went on to win the Super Bowl in their next game.
- Of the 22 teams that won their conference championship game by 20 or more points, only seven went on to win the super Bowl in their next game
Certainly not good news for the Eagles and their upcoming Super Bowl LII match-up with the Patriots.
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