Two of the biggest games of the NFL season are being played this Sunday, and aside from the Patriots, it’s been a long time since the other three participants have appeared in a Conference Championship game. Since we last saw Jacksonville, Minnesota and Philly in this spot, trends have changed, the internet has gotten faster, cell phones have gotten smaller (and then bigger again), and Bitcoin has become a thing . So let’s take a look back in time to what was going on in the world when the Jaguars, Vikings and Eagles last played in a Conference Championship game!
Minnesota Vikings – 2009Brett Favre made his Vikings debut this season and helped the Vikings secure an NFC championship appearance by finishing 12-4. The Vikings eventually lost to the New Orleans Saints, missing their chance at becoming the Super Bowl champs. This may be fresh in the minds of Vikings fans, but it actually happened back in 2009! If you want to travel further back in time, the Vikings haven’t played in the Super Bowl since 1976 and haven’t won a Championship (NFL Championship) since 1969.
Top movie of 2009: Avatar
Top Tech of 2009: Windows 7 launched
Top Song of 2009: “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
Philadelphia Eagles- 2008It’s hard to believe that 2008 was 10 years ago. The Eagles finished their 2008 season, led by Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid, by winning their 500th game, going 9-6-1 and earning a spot in the NFC Championship game. If you are wondering when their last Championship win was, you’d have to go all the way back to 1960!
Top movie of 2008: The Dark Knight
Top Tech of 2008: Apple’s App Store launch
Top Song of 2008: “Low” by Flo Rida feat. T-Pain
Jacksonville Jaguars- 1999Remember the 90s? If so, you might have a recollection of Jacksonville still playing this late into the season. Of the four teams remaining, The Jaguars are the youngest team (starting play in 1995), but they have been absent from the AFC title games the longest. In 1999, the Jaguars, with Mark Brunell at QB and Tom Coughlin as coach, finished their season 14-2, which is their best record in franchise history. The Jags eventually lost to the Titans in the AFC Championship game.
Top movie of 1999: Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace
Top tech of 1999: Apple’s iBook launch
Top song of 1999: “Smooth” by Santana
We had fun looking back in time, but are now looking forward to this Sunday to see who will be playing in Super Bowl LII. Who do you think will be representing the NFC and AFC this year? Let us know your thoughts by joining the NFL Conference Championship talk on Twitter @lids.