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.
The Vikings are one road test away from playing in the Super Bowl at U.S Bank Stadium.
But now that we've talked about all that history, let's talk about the game itself.
Zimmer continued to be mum Friday on who will be the backup quarterback Sunday behind Keenum. Needless to say, Eagles fans will be paying extra attention to the referees on Sunday. "Eagles lose, the building gets imploded just like our dreams". "And sometimes even tempo, hurry-up, no-huddle offense can get your quarterback into that kind of rhythm".
Foles will have to keep a level head throughout the game. The Eagles also utilized Agholor in a different way with a couple of carries out of the backfield against the Falcons. Ajayi also averaged close to four yards per carry.
FLM prediction: Vikings 14, Eagles 13. "I appreciate all he does for this team, and I appreciate all he's done for me", fellow wide receiver Adam Thielen said. "We start the game with a touchback, our defense forces a three-and-out, we get a punt return to the 45-yard line, we go down and score, and it's 7-0. You never want to be in those situations and we kind of stayed out of those, so that was definitely huge for us". With those four, the Eagles can lead the league in run defense (79.2) - the Vikings are second (83.6) - while getting pressure on the quarterback without having to blitz beyond what Schwartz calls his "surgical" strikes.
In Minnesota, folks are still rubbing their eyes over the ending of the divisional game against New Orleans, with Stefon Diggs scoring the winning 61-yard touchdown reception on an all-or-nothing play as the clock expired.
Keenum, who was the NFL's 12th rated passer, has been efficient. Diggs and Thielen continued to be a very productive duo and Jeffery finished third on the Eagles with 57 receptions for 789 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns. "Players play what they can do and what's in their control, and we're here today". Even if the games aren't rigged, it sure seems like the National Football League is expecting the game to be Patriots-Vikings. I'm blocking out the noise, just like I'm telling the players to block it out. "You know, going out there, making plays because he's got the receivers". "He's got good quickness, good in the running game". In addition to the suspicious Facebook post, internet sleuths quickly noticed that if you googled "Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl appearances" a search result came up showing the graphic for Super Bowl LII. Instead, they adopted the underdog mentality complete with dog masks.
You can squint and see how Jacksonville might win here; that defense is no joke.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and safety Malcolm Jenkins are Philadelphia's Pro Bowl picks.
"Even though we do the free food at halftime, most of our customers will order food during the first and second quarter anyway", he said. I'm just going along for the ride.