NFC Gameday matchup: Vikings vs. Eagles

NFC Gameday matchup: Vikings vs. Eagles

But that's going to require Jacksonville getting past the Patriots first, and New England quarterback Tom Brady, who could become the first six-time Super Bowl champion, warns that big talk must be backed up on the field. Since Foles took over, the Eagles have a yards-per-play differential of -0.58. As long as Case Keenum takes care of the ball - he has just three interceptions in his last eight games - Minnesota should be able to get a win and head home to host the Super Bowl. Nose tackle Shamar Stephen was ruled out against the top-seeded Eagles.

Football purists will agree either divisional playoff weekend or the Sunday conference title games comprise the best football weekend of the year - and this Sunday's AFC and NFC title games have a chance to be special.

New England is just 20th in the National Football League stopping the run and 31st (4.7) in average yards allowed per carry. Yeah, right now I don't think the final play was some grand conspiracy to get the Vikes into the NFC Championship, but if someone wants to try and convince me otherwise, I'm here for it. Both are records. Before Brady came along, Oakland Hall of Famers Gene Upshaw and George Blanda held the record of playing in 10 conference title games. That's a great example, winning that football game and having to go on the road the next week in NY and still having that emotional high and feeding off of that.

Philadelphia last made the Super Bowl for the 2004 season, losing to New England.

Elite Stat: Quarterback Blake Bortles has posted a passer rating of 105.6 on his postseason play-action attempts, the third-best mark among playoff quarterbacks. The other three: 152. Brett Favre is second at 15.

Foles signed a two-year deal with the Eagles before this season after his contract was up in Kansas City.

By the time players had arrived at the facility to go over corrections from the game film, they had seen the Minneapolis Miracle hundreds of times.

Keenum and Foles have been friends since their days for the then-St.

The Vikings digital team once again showed their incredible ability to cut epic videos with this one that goes back and forth between highlights and fan reactions.

"It's pretty wild", Foles said Wednesday.

Team Stat: The Patriots' offense fielded a catch rate (percentage of receptions compared to targets) of 66.3 percent this year, the fourth-best mark among offenses.

"Case's success and the way he plays, it doesn't surprise me because him and I were together", said Foles, who turns 29 on Saturday.

It's the same reason why I refuse to anoint Brady the "greatest of all time" because he's won five Super Bowls.

After that season, Foles spent an entire week contemplating retirement.

Asked about the mocking clap Tuesday, Payton said it was "good playoff fun". Ultimately, prayer led Foles to reunite with Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who had drafted Foles in 2012 when he coached the Eagles. Perhaps (gulp), they already have a quarterback they could win a Super Bowl with.

A 32-year-old veteran, Ellerbe understands how to work through ailments to remain on the field and coach Doug Pederson said earlier this week he expects the linebacker to suit up against Minnesota.

Bortles had to fight hard during the preseason to even keep his starting job.



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