After the Minnesota Vikings lost their starting quarterback and running back in the first four weeks of the regular, it could have been easy to give up on the rest of the season.
For Vikings Nation, their prayers had finally been answered and no one knows that better than the Rev. Mike Van Sloun, the team's chaplain.
The stakes for Sunday's matchup at much higher than the previous matchups - a trip to Super Bowl LII.
"Congratulations to the Minnesota Vikings on their sensational win last Sunday!" said a statement from Gov. Dayton. The thing that's different is what it stands for, the stadium is going to be super, super loud and you've got more cameras at your locker and outside. It's not like it was 100 percent, but my faith and my guidance and the way I felt like going into that experience allowed me to grow to make me a better player now, because you experience those emotions, you go through that.
Diggs, who may not ever have to pay another restaurant tab in Minnesota for as long as he lives, caught six passes for 137 yards and one touchdown. He and his sidekick in Stefon Diggs have formed a dynamic duo that has helped the Vikings offense rejuvenate this season. Just like last week. Sometimes we try to stay ahead of the curve a little bit. But of note, the Vikings also have an 0-3 playoff record against the Eagles. I'm not going to buy them, I'm going to rent them. This prop bet would have netted you a whopping $120 on just a $10 wager. "It's cool. I've got them everywhere". The first play of the game backed up Reich's command. Although he didn't throw any touchdown passes, Foles effectively moved the ball and didn't turn it over.
Ravens fans might be pulling for the Eagles given the number of players and staff with Ravens ties, including Timmy Jernigan, Torrey Smith, Corey Graham, Dannell Ellerbe, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and player personnel executives Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl.
Even if the Vikings lose on Sunday, fans will always be able to rejoice in the "Minneapolis Miracle". If these guys have anything to say about it, they'll be on the field. "That really doesn't matter". You can't go wrong there.
Diggs, rising high to snatch the ball out of the air and landing on the Saints' 34-yard line, spinned toward the end zone, slipping downward then regaining his balance by placing his left hand on the turf at U.S. Bank Stadium, then urgently and euphorically dashed for one of the most thrilling touchdowns in National Football League playoff history.
When the Eagles and Vikings play for a spot in the Super Bowl, many viewers will have a clear cut loyalty.