Yet there were the die-hard Eagles fans partying all night inside the Linc after partying in the tailgating lots all day.
And Foles was at the forefront of a dominant performance that even the most ardent of Eagles supporters couldn't have expected.
The thing about destiny, though, is it can be fickle.
VIKINGS SCORE FIRST: Minnesota struck first blood with a 25-yard touchdown pass to perennial red zone threat Kyle Rudolph on the Vikings first drive, though after that it was all Eagles. Foles' best work might have come against Minnesota (14-4) and its vaunted defense that was torn apart in every manner. The Patriots won that matchup, 24-21, to win their third Super Bowl in four seasons. "They supported us a lot and we really fed off it". "Once you get a game away from playing in the Super Bowl, that's going to be hard to swallow". It does not, however, exist from game to game. If you're a Vikings fan, you might. They get Tom Brady and company in two weeks.
Ah, it turns out many of us mistook a great story line for fate. The Eagles ran away with the game due to their ability to make big plays. I wanted to win that game. But the momentum they had hoped would carry over from that win wasn't there. By the third quarter, it was clear this year's disappointment would sit alongside the 41-0 loss to the New York Giants after the 2000 season: not just a loss, but a dereliction of duty. He would have been starting by the end of the season if Keenum had done anything other than play at the highest level imaginable for him.
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The Eagles pass rush started attacking Keenum, and no play came as big as when an arm struck the Vikings quarterback on the pass, causing a slow, wobbling duck into the hands of Patrick Robinson, who did a punt-return style crossing of the field for a 50-yard touchdown, igniting the crowd, and the Birds.
Unfortunately for Minnesota, midnight struck for Cinderella in Philadelphia.
Although Philadelphia ultimately beat Minnesota 38-7, it was still a captivating game.
Super Bowl 52 will be a rematch of the 39th staging of the annual finale to the National Football League season, when quarterback Brady threw two touchdown passes and the Patriots won 24-21 for their third title in four seasons. He isn't a franchise quarterback worth building around but he's also not a scrub. That finally reared its ugly head at the worst possible time. Then the turnover was a mistake that definitely brought everyone back.
This game will be dissected several different ways.
With the Eagles leading with only a few minutes to go in the game, Vukelich said it was like a rollercoaster. Pat Shurmur is going to NY to be the next Giants head coach, and both Ben McAdoo and Mike McCoy have been rumored as the Vikings next offensive coordinator.