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Posted: Wednesday January 13, 1999 11:15 AM
By Paul Zimmerman
Jets left tackle Jumbo Elliott remembers the last time he played in a conference championship game. It was nine seasons ago. He was a Giant. Bill Parcells was the coach. The team traveled to San Francisco to meet the favored 49ers. "They were going for a three-peat," Elliott said after the Jets beat the Jaguars on Sunday. "We beat them, but when we checked into our Super Bowl hotel, the gift shops in the lobby were full of 49ers stuff. No one had expected us to win."
My feeling? Two years of experience at the highest level of competition will be the difference. Broncos in a squeaker .
In the NFC title game, I have a hunch that the Falcons' Chris Chandler will come out throwing. Then Atlanta will hammer with Jamal Anderson, mindful of the way the Bucs pounded the Vikings in Minnesota's only loss. But the Vikings have simply too much firepower in their arsenal. Minnesota will be facing a sturdier defensive line than it did against Arizona, but the war of attrition will go the Vikings' way .
Issue date: January 18, 1999
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