NFC championship: Three takeaways from Eagles' win over Vikings

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This wasn't the worst of the past six losses in the NFC title game (that belongs to the 2000 Minnesota team that was blown out 41-0 by the New York Giants), but given the improbability of this season and all the Vikings had accomplished under adverse conditions, this one may carry the heaviest sting of all. Who could blame them if they can't get the job done with their backup quarterback? The Vikings Defense will also be doing their best to stop the Eagles run offense and make Nick Foles beat them.

The announcement of the parking restrictions came as Philadelphia and SEPTA Police prepare for Sunday's NFC Championship game between the Eagles and Vikings, and any events that may immediately follow the game. Foles then hit Alshon Jeffery on a 53-yard bomb under pressure, as the Eagles absolutely dominated through the first two frames. "You want to go in with the mindset that good things are going to happen when they're supposed to". The play was one of the most memorable in playoff history, but that's what it is now, a memory. Foles completed 76.7 percent of his passes against the Falcons for 246 yards, but failed to throw a touchdown pass. Then, the Birds went up 38-7 on Jeffery's second touchdown catch of the game, as fans inside Lincoln Financial went absolutely nuts.

"Close, man. We were nearly there", he said after New England came back to beat Jacksonville 24-20 on Sunday for the franchise's 10th AFC championship. The least likely scenario is the Eagles defeating the Jaguars, at 20/1. The city of Philadelphia obviously believes because they were here and loud. The over/under was set at 39.0 points, mostly due to the fact both offenses have struggled at times.

"The cliche that defense wins championships is alive and well", Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. This line will changed a lot throughout the week, so make sure to always head over to for any changes up until kickoff. The Eagles, pursuing their first trip to the Super Bowl since 2004, will be without star quarterback Carson Wentz, who underwent ACL surgery in December 2017. Foles went 11 for 15 for 137 yards on Philadelphia's two field-goal drives in the second half that were the difference in the game.

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The Eagles have appeared in the Super Bowl twice (XV and XXXIX), but have never won the Lombardi Trophy.

"If the Vikings win, yes, I would take off any sort of colors", Drew Baydala of Minneapolis-based Ticket King said referencing the Vikings' purple and yellow scheme. Just as it looked like the Saints were headed to the NFC Championship, Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs on the final play of the game to keep the Vikings Super Bowl hopes alive with a 29-24 victory.

The Eagles didn't just hijack momentum from the Vikings.

Aside from good blocking, other ways to slow down a great pass rush is with screen passes and a strong running game, so expect these two elements to be a big part of the Patriots' offensive game plan.