NFL playoffs

NBC Sports Philadelphia betting expert Brad Feinberg wins big on Saints' NFC Championship Game loss

NBC Sports Philadelphia betting expert Brad Feinberg wins big on Saints' NFC Championship Game loss

Eagles fans weren't the only ones thrilled to see the Saints knocked out of the NFL playoffs Sunday.

Our betting expert Brad Feinberg didn't mind, either, as he cashed in on the Rams' 26-23 OT win over the Saints in the NFC Championship Game.

With New Orleans falling short of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, Feinberg made $57,500 because, during the week, he sold his $8,000 ticket on the Saints winning the Super Bowl. (Technically, Feinberg made $49,500 because he put down $8,000 for the initial wager.)

"Before the year, I had three huge futures. I followed these three teams like the way adults follow their kids," Feinberg said Sunday night in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "The Saints were my biggest future, the Rams were my second-biggest future and the Chiefs were my third-biggest future. I followed these three teams an insane amount. I watched every snap of theirs all year. These three bets, I literally followed all year and was trying to manage them.

"I had a much bigger position on New Orleans than I did the other teams. I did think New Orleans would win the game, I really did, but I didn't want to have as much of an overexposure on New Orleans as I did. So I was like, 'You know what, if I can sell this ticket and make myself more even, I don't need to be a hero.'"

Via PropSwap, Feinberg sold the ticket to FOX Sports 1 "Lock It In" co-hosts Clay Travis and "Cousin Sal" Iacono.

Yeah, they're not too happy.

Feinberg sure is happy with the result of his decision and you can see him Monday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia's "Quick Slants" and Fridays at 6 p.m. on "The Daily Line."

I was able to sell that ticket. Because with numbers like that, sometimes it's not easy to unload those kind of big plays, but I was fortunate that PropSwap was able to find a buyer.

It's easier said than done because that's a pretty big … I had to have the biggest ticket in the United States before the year, I'm pretty sure on that.

I always try to look at the process, not the result. I think those guys made a good decision to buy the ticket, they got the best number you were going to get in the world. It didn't work out for them, but it doesn't mean it was a bad decision; it was just a bad result.

The Saints didn't punch their Super Bowl ticket.

And Feinberg won't forget the ticket he ditched to cash in on it.

h/t to BetChicago.com.

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NFL playoffs: Rams, Patriots advance to Super Bowl after OT thrillers

NFL playoffs: Rams, Patriots advance to Super Bowl after OT thrillers

It's never been so clear: This year's Super Bowl matchup between the Patriots and Rams is a showdown between the NFL's past and its future.

Led by 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, the Rams and their 21st-century offense will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady and the Patriots, who are in search of a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title.

At 32, Sean McVay of the Rams (15-3) will be the youngest Super Bowl coach. He'll be going against 66-year-old Bill Belichick, who is taking the Patriots (13-5) to their third straight title game, fourth in the last five years and ninth since 2002.

That streak started against who else? The Rams.

Back then, though, they were in St. Louis. New England came in as a two-touchdown underdog and won 20-17.

The Rams open as a 1-point pick in this one, set for Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

Blown call, Zuerlein's 57-yard FG send Rams to Super Bowl

NEW ORLEANS — A big comeback. A blown call. And, finally, a booming kick that sent the Los Angeles Rams to the Super Bowl.

After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday — an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation.

Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tommylee Lewis well before the pass arrived inside the 5, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz's 31-yard field goal that made it 23-20 with 1:41 left in regulation.

"Came to the sideline, looked at the football gods and was like, `Thank you,'" Robey-Coleman said. "I got away with one tonight."

After the no-call, Jared Goff had enough time to lead the Rams down the field for Zuerlein's tying field goal, a 48-yarder with 15 seconds remaining (see full story).

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, top Chiefs in thriller

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady's brilliance.

The five-time NFL champion guided the Patriots 75 yards after winning the overtime coin toss, and backup Rex Burkhead's 2-yard TD lifted New England past Kansas City 37-31 for the AFC championship Sunday night.

The drive against an exhausted defense was reminiscent of when the Patriots beat Atlanta in the only Super Bowl to go to OT two years ago.

New England (13-5) benefited from two critical replay reviews and made its ninth Super Bowl with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach (see full story).

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Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

Derrick Gunn's predictions for AFC and NFC Championship Games

NBC Sports Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn gives his predictions for the championship round of the NFL playoffs.

Rams at Saints (NFC Championship, Sunday, 3:05 p.m., FOX)
And so the top two seeds in the NFC get another shot at each other. If this one is anything like their regular-season meeting in Week 9, it should be quite the shootout.

In that regular-season affair, the two teams combined for 80 points, 970 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Saints won their seventh straight game while the Rams were dealt their first loss.

With the late-season addition of running back C.J. Anderson, the Rams ran through the Cowboys' defense for 273 yards last weekend. Meanwhile, the Saints came out sluggish against the Eagles, finally woke up and held on to get to this point.

In 2017, both teams exited the playoffs sooner than they were expecting. This time, the Rams' road to the Super Bowl ends in New Orleans.

Patriots at Chiefs (AFC Championship, Sunday, 6:40 p.m., CBS)
The Patriots are like a chameleon. They adapt to their environment on both sides of the ball better than any team in the league. You don’t know what defensive front they’re going to play week to week, and on offense, when you expect them to run, they pass. Prepare to defend their passing attack and they'll run the ball. Back in Week 6, the Pats survived a 43-40 shootout.

But that was in New England. This time, the rematch is at Arrowhead Stadium, arguably the loudest football venue in the league. The Chiefs haven’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1969 season. They haven’t been in the AFC title game since 1993. It's the GOAT, Tom Brady, vs. the new kid on the block in Patrick Mahomes, and he is electric.

This is Andy Reid's fourth straight year that he’s gotten Kansas City in the playoffs. This time, Reid and his crew dance their way into Super Bowl LIII.

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