Intrigue Surrounds NFC Conference Championship Game

"I know this is what all of you guys predicted back in the day: a (Nick) Foles vs. Keenum NFC Championship", the Minnesota Vikings quarterback said four days before the Vikings (14-3) travel to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Eagles (14-3).

"I'm a better person because of that decision", said Foles, whose turnover-free performance in last week's 15-10 divisional-round win over the Atlanta Falcons helped pave the way for the Eagles to reach the penultimate stage of these playoffs.

January 18, 2009: Arizona Cardinals 32, Eagles 25.

While the NFC's No. 1 and No. 2 seeds' advancement to the NFC Championship Game might seem like an expected turn of events, few people in National Football League circles would have pegged the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings as the two teams that would be representing the conference back in the preseason.

Both teams advanced with thrilling victories last weekend.

Foles started the first eight games of the 2014 season for the Eagles and was on pace to throw for over 4,000 yards. And that victor very well could end up standing between Tom Brady and his sixth Super Bowl win. The Eagles, finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record, advance to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2008.

Per the Elias Sports Bureau and ProFootballReference.com, five other teams since 1991 started second-stringers in the playoffs rather than quarterbacks who had won at least 10 games during the regular season a la Wentz. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Vikings were 3.5-point favorites. "Of course, they have been sort of force-fed for about two weeks now, three weeks now, the information, and they just stick together".

The retired Cowboys quarterback invited viewers into the huddle - heck, into the radio headset - with his calls of football games this season. Though the team didn't find the end zone in the final 30 minutes of the game, Foles completed 12 of 15 passes over that span and the Eagles pieced together two scoring drives. "This is a heck of an Eagles team that has an outstanding defense, I can go on and on about this team".

"We play in those conditions a lot in Green Bay, Chicago and other places where there isn't the best footing", Thielen said. Just answering questions, and just hearing about it.

Philadelphia fans are notoriously demanding, but they've waited a long time for a first Super Bowl championship. Everyone believes, and that was shown on display. He then bounced to Kansas City as a backup the following year before returning to Philadelphia as Wentz's understudy in 2017.

"And I'm very grateful I made the decision I did - and we made". "Honestly, it's unbelievable to win this game and we are not finished". The offense will need even more from this unit in order for the team to move onto the Super Bowl.

White, Kjellgren and Trisha and Scott Wherley also plan to watch the game with family and friends, as they cheer on the Vikings. Look for Eagles cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby to get physical with Diggs and Thielen, and for Birds linebacker Nigel Bradham to defend tight end Kyle Rudolph (6-6, 265).

Leading the Patriots to their seventh straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game, Brady's playoff experience dwarfs that of the remaining quarterbacks. For him, man, he came in, great spirits; he's been a great leader in this locker room. But it's just the beginning. And we don't want this to end. "We're going to go out and dominate". So, when you have your heart in something, you give it everything you have, and I think that's the big thing.

"We always have that mindset", Graham said.

Would this mark the third straight game for Philadelphia, a No. 1 seed, to be considered the underdog?

Super Bowl LII will take place February 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium, featuring Justin Timberlake as entertainment for the half-time show and hopefully, the Vikings coming out on top.

"Lane and Chris devised it last Thursday night that they were going to have these dog masks out there, and then Lane got the shirt after the game and that thing has made a ton of money for Philadelphia schools, which is an fantastic thing that is going on right now".

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