Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NFC championship Game: Three takeaways from Eagles' win over Vikings

NFC championship Game: Three takeaways from Eagles' win over Vikings

Most, including us here at Packers Wire, scoffed at the idea of the Eagles comparing in any way to a team like the 1996 Packers, who won 13 games and used a top-ranked offense and defense to storm through the NFC playoffs and win the Super Bowl over the Patriots.

With the game and season on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.

After the New England Patriots had earlier won the AFC Championship and a chance to become the first team to win back-to-back Vince Lombardi trophies since they achieved the same feat in the 2004/05 season, they were joined in the Super Bowl by the Philadelphia Eagles who defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the early hours of Monday morning to win their first NFC Championship since, you guessed it, 2004/05. Nevertheless, what the Eagles did during Sunday's NFC Championship Game win over the Minnesota Vikings at home was nothing short of spectacular.

Nearly everyone's favorite whipping boy was 23 of 36 for 293 yards with a touchdown and 98.5 passer rating. Has he matured or do other teams just better tolerate a lack of focus? Instead of kneeling to go into halftime with a two-score lead Doug Pederson put the pedal to the medal and tried to put more points on the board before halftime. New England held off the Eagles 24-21 in the culmination of the 2004 season.

It was a stunning turnaround for the NFL's top-ranked defense, who for most of the season dominated opponents and played a key role in one of the team's best seasons in National Football League history.

The Jaguars did very little wrong; the Patriots were just too good. He tossed a flawless 53-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery with the pocket collapsing around him to give Philadelphia a 21-7 lead in the second quarter.

Case Keenum's 25-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph opened the scoring for Minnesota, but Patrick Robinson returned an intercepted Keenum pass 50 yards for a touchdown to equalize at 7-7.

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Drummond picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, sending him back to the bench. It was the first time this season, Whiteside scored 20 or more points in consecutive games.

While maybe a 12th man wasn't as needed against the Vikings, the Eagles defense feeds off the noise and tries to crank up the volume.

Philly could have wilted under the Vikings' early pressure. Once the Vikings were down by more than two scores, it felt like the game was over, because it was.

Minnesota's best hope was to make Nick Foles beat them, and Foles responded by playing the game of his life.

The hard reality for the Vikings is that from the final minute of the third quarter vs. New England has wins over the Saints, Falcons, Steelers, Bills, Titans and Jaguars.

Nick Foles, who has filled at Eagles quarterback since starter Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL during the regular season, threw for 352 yards with three touchdowns. That didn't stop wild scenes in the city as the team clinched their Super Bowl place.

The Eagles will be the underdog, but that doesn't bother Jenkins.

The Patriots will equal Pittsburgh's record of six Super Bowl triumphs if they win on 4 February in Minneapolis.

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