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Breaking down the Minnesota Vikings matchup with the Eagles

17 January 2018

Three years later the team decides to hire one of his coordinators. It would go on to finish 8-8 and out of the NFC playoffs.

Such an emotional ending carries the potential to distract from preparation for and focus on the next game at Philadelphia, when the winner's high will be worn off and the Vikings will be in an unfriendly stadium without the advantages and comforts of their own place. After Caleb Sturgis was placed on IR after Week 1, Elliott went 26/31 (83.9%) this season, including a 61 yard field goal to win the game in Week 3.

Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who raked in praise for his work with Carson Wentz, will likely get a second interview for the Cardinals' top coaching position, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Tuesday.

Keenum actually took over for former Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who was injured early in the season. He should be credited for sticking with the likes of Keenum, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon and not hitting the panic button by demanding a trade or forced signing of a free agent.

Foles did have a few remarks.

The Eagles and Vikings will faceoff on Sunday in Philadelphia at 3:40 eastern time to play in the Super Bowl. Both quarterbacks are now given another shot to show them they belong.

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With a trip to Super Bowl XLII at stake Sunday night, who will be more up to task?

While underdogs are just 11-23 in conference championship games since 2000, the home 'dogs are 3-3, including the 2008 Cardinals team that beat the Eagles as a 3.5-point 'dog to advance to Super Bowl XLIII. But this time the defense came through. For me, when you win a playoff game and you beat a team you're an underdog to, and you beat Matt Ryan and Nick Foles played well, I think you deserve it.

For the Vikings, Case Keenum had an interesting game. Keenum will need to use his mobility to buy time against a good edge pass rush to make those plays. Foles and Bradford quickly asked to be released/traded. It hasn't ended well for the Minnesota Vikings when they have ran into the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs. Zimmer needs to find a way to put pressure on Foles.

In a close game, it's bound to come down to someone getting a key takeaway on defense and/or a critical special team play. And if they do, what happens when both teams are riding an adrenaline rocket into their meeting?

They wouldn't have advanced this far without an unassuming attitude, though, so they were quick on Monday to dismiss the danger of savoring the moment too long.

After beating the Falcons 15-10, Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson and veteran defensive end Chris Long mocked doubters by wearing German Shepherd dog masks as they walked off the field. They were three games away from their lifelong dream - something no Eagles team has ever done - so why is any extra motivation necessary? They don't have to apologize for the Brees comeback, or for being bailed out by the Diggs miracle. "This group is playing with a lot of confidence, playing with a lot of speed", Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

Breaking down the Minnesota Vikings matchup with the Eagles