The Minnesota Vikings will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles Sunday night in the NFC Championship game. These teams earned hard fought victories last week to be one of the last four teams standing. The Minnesota Vikings defeated the New Orleans Saints 29-24 on one of the craziest final plays you will ever see. The Vikings completed a 65-yard pass as time expired to score the winning touchdown. They were up 17-0 at halftime and almost blew it before the amazing last play saved their season. Philadelphia’s defense led the way last week as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 15-10. The Eagles were underdogs in this game despite being the top seed in the division and having home field advantage. They will be underdogs again this week despite playing at home.
Case Keenum played solid last week finishing with a passer rating of 85. He completed 25 of his 40 passes for 318 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His favorite target was Stefan Diggs who had 6 catches for 137 yards including the game-winning touchdown. They struggled running the ball gaining just 95 yards on 29 carries, which is an average of 3.3 yards per rush. Minnesota’s offense was ranked 10th this year in scoring with 24 points per game. They were also ranked 9th as they gained an average of 359 yards per game. Defensively, they intercepted Drew Brees twice and the Saints longest play from scrimmage was just 13 yards. Their defense dominated all year finishing first in points allowed with just 15.8 and first in yards allowed with 276
Nick Foles played well last week as the replacement to Carson Wentz. He finished with a passer rating of 100.1 as he completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards, 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Alshon Jeffery who had 4 catches for 61 yards. Jay Ajayi led a lackluster running game with 54 yards on 15 carries but did lose a fumble. The Eagles offense has taken a hit under Foles as they average just 22 points in his starts as opposed to 31 when Wentz was the quarterback. Defensively, they limited the Falcons potent offense to just 296 yards and 1 touchdown. They didn’t force any turnovers but did sack Matt Ryan three times and had 8 tackles for losses. Their defense ranked 4th this season in points allowed with 17.9 and 4th in yards allowed with 305.
Philadelphia will have home field advantage and are still 3-point underdogs. They have gone 10-6 against the spread this season including 5-3 at home. Minnesota has gone 11-4-1 against the spread this season including 5-3 on the road. Neither franchise has ever won a Super Bowl but only 1 team will get the chance this year. The Vikings will have extra motivation with the Super Bowl being played in U.S. Bank Stadium, which could make Minnesota the first team to ever play a Super Bowl at home.
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