But the Jags 2017-18 defense has not faced New England quarterback Tom Brady this season.
Case Keenum and Nick Foles were never supposed to be here, but because of injuries to both teams' starting quarterbacks, they find themselves squared up against each other in the NFC Championship game and could be the difference.
Philadelphia Eagles' Alshon Jeffery catches a touchdown pass during the second half of the NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Philadelphia. "You will not be allowed to drive to Minnesota for the Super Bowl, and you will not be allowed to come to the Super Bowl parade".
Maybe, it turns out, quarterback Case Keenum's last-play touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs that carried the Vikings past New Orleans in last week's playoff game was just lucky and not divine intervention. Some of the bigger sports books will put up several hundred prop bets later this week that will include the coin flip and other possibilities that having nothing to do with the final score of the game.
The Vikings allowed the fewest yards and points in the National Football League this season, while the Eagles haven't given up more than 10 points in their past four home games. Vikings defense is as solid as usual, forcing Foles into sticky situations where he makes mistakes a few times throughout the game.
But on the biggest stage of his life, Foles carried them to the Super Bowl instead. Much less win it.
January 14, 2001: Giants 41, Vikings 0: The box score looks like something out of a horror movie: Daunte Culpepper passed for 78 yards, threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. Louis Rams traded Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Foles, a second-round pick, and future fourth-round pick.
Foles was helped greatly by the Eagles' domination on defense and a spectacular weaving 50-yard interception return TD by Patrick Robinson. They were the first No. 1 seed not favored in a divisional round game, a 15-10 win over the Falcons. That was decided Sunday night, too.
The Vikings were unrecognizable. Since Carson Wentz's knee injury, Foles has more than stepped up to the challenge, providing both leadership and serious talent to the Philly squad. The Vikings' third-down defense was historically good this season, yet Philadelphia went 10 for 14 on the money down Sunday.
While the defense has carried this team for the most part over the last month for their stellar play, the only chance Philadelphia is going to have at taking down a highly talented team like Minnesota is if key members of the offense step up. Philadelphia gave him a four-year, $52 million extension during the season. The Eagles spread the ball around, so Jeffery had only 789 yards receiving, but his nine TDs were the second most in his career.