Miracle in Minnesota sweeps Vikings into NFC Championship Game
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jan 21, 2018,
Jan 21, 2018, 1:13
This isn't fair, but then football is not about fairness. "It's been a insane ride, and I'm excited that I get to do it with these guys".
Despite the lack of respect from oddsmakers, the Eagles are embracing the role.
With that in mind, let's dive into three key things to watch for in the NFC title game.
Robison is the longest-tenured player on the Vikings' defense and he'll be tested against Ajayi as the Eagles try to establish the run throughout the game.
Governor Dayton has ordered that the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis to be lit purple from Friday through Sunday night, ahead of Sunday's game.
"Oh, yeah, you can't take nobody lightly and I think Case does a good job as far as moving in the pocket, being able to extend plays with his legs and you know just being able to trust himself going out there", he said.
For Nick Foles, it's imperative that he stays within himself. After an up-and-down first half, the quarterback finished with a 76.7 percent completion rate for 246 yards and a 100.1 passer rating.
"I think it's a mistake if you take anything we've ever done in the past and translate it to what we're doing now", left tackle Nate Solder says. The major difference is Minnesota enters the NFC title game with its identity intact - Case Keenum first stepped in as its starter in Week 2 - while the Eagles continue to adjust to life without budding star and MVP candidate Carson Wentz.
His first two games at home in 2017 were showstoppers, with two touchdowns apiece, but that groin injury popped up again at Chicago and kept him out for the next two weeks. If applied to a full season, it would be the NFL's worst offense this season. Ellerbe did play last week in the Divisional Round against the Atlanta Falcons, and he recorded a pair of tackles in the 15-10 victory. The Vikings' best weapons are Theilen and Diggs and while both guys are good wide receivers, they're not elite. Sendejo was knocked out of the game last week and is in concussion protocol as the week of practices began.
Sunday's NFC Championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field will be a matchup of two franchises that have lost six Super Bowls in total and have had more than their share of post-season disappointments. And as Mike said, the Vikings just don't turn the ball over.
Replay has grown into a monster, something that its NFL godfather, Texas E. Schramm, warned against even while promoting its use and dragging the league's reluctant old guard along for the ride 30 years ago. But you know they're not insane people for the most part. Spending 32 seasons in the Metrodome will do that to a team.
The Vikings are a very good team, and their defense is one of the NFL's best.
Dannell Ellerbe was the only Eagles player to miss practice on Wednesday. The Eagles' Fletcher Cox was sensational against Atlanta last weekend, and is complemented by Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Chris Long. If Ellerbe does wind up missing time, Najee Goode would likely replace him in the base defense.