Turnovers decide playoff games. In the NFC Championship, the Minnesota Vikings held a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Case Keenum threw an interception that Patrick Robinson returned 50 yards for a score.

It was the first of three turnovers committed by the Vikings journeyman quarterback. The pick-six sparked the Eagles who scored 38 unanswered points to steamroll to the Super Bowl.

Winning the turnover battle doesn’t always guarantee success, Jacksonville didn’t give the ball away and forced New England into a fumble in the AFC title game and lost, but usually the team that commits fewer mistakes not only wins but covers in the Super Bowl.

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