Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians picks Falcons-Steelers Super Bowl

The victor of Sunday's game will play either the Falcons or Eagles for a trip to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

CBS Sports has your AFC and NFC Championships as contests between the Patriots and Steelers, and the Saints vs the Vikings. The New England Patriots remain the favorites to be the first team to repeat since they did following the 2004 season.

No team has ever won the Super Bowl playing in their home stadium, but the Vikings have as good a chance as any team to accomplish that feat. 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.

Nick Foles has started three games since taking over for Wentz, and while he performed well in the Eagles' Week 15 win over the New York Giants, he could not make that same claim about the following two games against the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. Tennessee is the +5000 longshot on the Super Bowl futures. The Falcons' offense can be stagnate at times, but following a win on the road against a tough Rams defense, the Falcons' confidence has risen, which could make them a dark-horse candidate to make it to the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh will get an opportunity at revenge on Sunday when it hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars, who smoked the Steelers 30-9 as a 7.5-point underdog back in early October of this year.

The Jaguars are plus-1800 and the Titans are plus-5000, making them the longest shot on the board. When the Vikings host the Saints on Sunday (4:40 ET, FOX), it will mark the first time in National Football League history that a Super Bowl host has played a divisional game at home. That's barely ahead of the Jaguars who slugged their way to a 10-3 Wild Card win over the Buffalo Bills and now must travel to Pittsburgh. New England will host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night and is currentlya 13.5-point home favorite.

That will set up a Pittsburgh-Minnesota Super Bowl, and that's a rematch of Super Bowl IX. This means that people are asking the question about who will win the Super Bowl. The Saints lost at U.S. Bank Stadium in Week 1 when these teams last met.

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.

The other NFC game features defending conference champion Atlanta (+700) visiting top-seeded Philadelphia (+1400).

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