Miracle Finish has Vikings One Win Away from Super Bowl Home Game

18 January, 2018, 14:11 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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I think that's what you've got to ask yourself whenever you play this game, whatever you do. Due to his track record, Case Keenum has had his work cut out for him turning fans into believers.

The Eagles (14-3) posted a 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round last Saturday and will participate in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2008 season.

Outdueling Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Hawks in the divisional round has turned Foles into a folk hero. On defense, though, both teams' performances have transcended situation.

So yeah, on Sunday either Foles or Keenum will be advancing to the Super Bowl. Going from a backup to the man who threw a 61-yard bomb to send Minnesota to the NFC Championship is certainly a turnaround for the ages.

The rise to prominence for both Keenum in Minnesota and Foles in Philadelphia are inspiring stories, but there are two defenses waiting for them on Sunday night looking to take the "feel-good" out of this story. There is one game left to enter the promise land and the Eagles are able to play in front of their home fans which is a huge advantage for a young team. Now the Eagles again stand in Newman's way.

They had practiced the play. Nobody realized at the time but that was an important score as this not only shifted momentum towards the Eagles favor but also proved that they can move the ball against this defense.

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Foles struggled early against the Falcons and didn't throw a touchdown pass in the game, but completed 23-of 30-passes and averaged 8.2 yards per attempt. "So that's the challenge going up against one of the better defenses in the league".

But if the Eagles defense can do its job, the offense may not need Foles to do too much.

"Previously Adam Thielen's jersey was the hot one to have, but after Sunday, anything with number 14 on it is not going to be in stock for very long once we get it", owner Shaun Hagglund says.

We get our hopes up, then they get dashed - usually in the cruelest way possible. The Eagles don't blitz often - Schwartz categorized the Eagles as "surgical" with their blitzes, noting they're effective when they do - and they usually rely on their defensive line for their pass rush.

The Vikings unveiled a playoff campaign two weeks ago with the tagline "Bring It Home" and they used in-stadium signage, t-shirts, rally towels and digital content to promote this campaign.

Between losing Jason Peters back at the end of October along with Carson Wentz suffering a torn ACL back in Week 14, Pederson deserves all of the credit in the world for keeping Philadelphia in great shape, despite all of the hard obstacles faced along the way. Even if he doesn't win another game this season, he'll nearly certainly get offered a job to be the No. 1 guy on some team.

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Sunday, in the first playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings blew a 17-point lead.

So, there is a chance.

Keenum led the Vikings on their 11-1 finish to the regular season.

Keenum said he has heard from some current and former players but wouldn't name them.

And with close to 70,000 of them expected to attend the game - and tens of thousands more tailgating and hitting the bars that day in what is arguably the biggest game in Philly since 2008 - I think it's a no-brainer that there's money to be made. Foles has led Philadelphia to three wins since taking over for injured star Carson Wentz, but the team's offensive efficiency has dipped since the MVP candidate suffered an ACL tear December 10. It would've have helped us immensely had the Saints managed to hold on to what looked to be a wild come-from-behind win.

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