NFL Football

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NFC Championship
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Minnesota 7 0 0 0 7
Philadelphia 7 17 7 7 38
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3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST5:40 PM CT3:40 UAE (+1)18:40 ETNaN:� , January 21, 2018
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Weather: 47°, Cloudy  Attendance: 69,596

Eagles aim for greater heights in NFC title game vs. Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. The Vikings beat the Saints, 29-24, last Sunday night, winning their first postseason game since defeating the Cowboys, 34-3, in the 2009 divisional round. The game ended on a 61-yard touchdown reception by Stefon Diggs -- the longest postseason TD catch by a Viking since Moe Williams caught a 68-yarder from Daunte Culpepper in the 2004 wild-card round against the Packers.
  2. Minnesota has lost five straight conference championship games. The Vikings last made it to the Super Bowl in the 1976 season (lost 32-14 to the Raiders in Super Bowl XI).
  3. Philadelphia scored the last nine points of the game and defeated Atlanta, 15-10, last Saturday night, snapping a four-game postseason game losing streak in the process (last victory was a 23-11 win over the Giants in the 2008 divisional round). The Eagles have recorded 10 come-from-behind wins in 2017 -- most of any team in the league (including postseason).
  4. The Eagles are 2-4 in conference championship games during the Super Bowl era, including a 32-25 loss to the Cardinals the last time they made it (in 2008 season). Philadelphia has played in two Super Bowls all-time, losing both (lost 27-10 to the Raiders in Super Bowl XV and lost 24-21 to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX).
  5. These clubs last met in Week 7 of the 2016 campaign, with the Eagles defeating the Vikings, 21-10, at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia is 3-0 all-time against Minnesota in the postseason, including a 26-14 victory in the clubs' last meeting in the 2008 wild-card round (in Minnesota).
  6. Case Keenum threw for 318 yards and a touchdown (1 INT) last Sunday night, winning his first career postseason start, and becoming the fifth Minnesota quarterback all-time with one or more 300+ yard performances in the playoffs. The last Viking QB with more pass yards in a postseason game was Jeff George, who had 423 yards through the air in the 1999 wild-card round against the Rams.
  7. Nick Foles completed 23-of-30 passes for 246 yards (0 TD, 0 INT) last Saturday night, improving to 3-1 since taking over starting duties for Carson Wentz in Week 15. Foles (1-1 in two career postseason starts) has faced the Vikings twice in his career, losing both outings (lost in 2013 with the Eagles and in 2015 with the Rams).
  8. Since 1990, the No. 1 seed (home team) is 28-11 in conference championship games. The last road teams to win a conference championship game were the 49ers and Ravens, both doing so in the 2012 contests.
Team Comparison

Minnesota
 
Philadelphia
23.9 Points 28.6
245.6 Pass Yds 247.9
122.3 Rush Yds 132.2
19 Takeaways 31

PHILADELPHIA -- The top-seeded Eagles are in search of their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 2004 season when they host the second-seeded Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles (14-3) posted a 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round last Saturday and will participate in the NFC Championship Game for the first time since the 2008 season. They dropped a 32-25 decision to the Arizona Cardinals in that contest.

Philadelphia hasn't hosted an NFC Championship Game since recording a 27-10 win over the Falcons following the 2004 season.

The Vikings (14-3) advanced following a thrilling 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Stefon Diggs hauled in a 61-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Case Keenum on the final play of the game Sunday.

Like the Eagles, Minnesota has yet to win a Super Bowl. The Vikings have dropped five consecutive NFC Championship games.

Philadelphia will enter Sunday's game as an underdog, especially with quarterback Carson Wentz out with a torn ACL.

"It's about those players in that dressing room, whether we're three-point underdogs or three-point favorites. They really don't listen to that stuff," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "Of course, they have been sort of force-fed for about two weeks now, three weeks now, the information, and they just stick together. They just stick together and find a way and it's been that way all season."

Backup quarterback Nick Foles did an admirable job against the Falcons, completing 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards and a 100.1 passer rating. In two career playoff games with the Eagles -- the other coming in a 26-24 loss to the Saints in 2014 -- Foles is 46 of 63 for 441 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 102.7 passer rating.

"I am very humbled to win this game and to be a part of this team," Foles said. "That's what it's always been about. I know there was a lot of people against us this last week. Just answering questions, and just hearing about it.

"... The biggest thing in our locker room is we believe in one another. Everyone believes, and that was shown on display. The city of Philadelphia obviously believes because they were here and loud. So we are grateful for that. Honestly, it's unbelievable to win this game and we are not finished."

The Vikings are in search of their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1976 season -- Super Bowl XI.

During the regular season, the Vikings' defense ranked first in points allowed per game (15.8) and yards given up per game (275.9). Defensive end Everson Griffen was tied for fourth in the league with a career-best 13 sacks this season.

While the Vikings likely have seen video of Diggs' amazing catch a million times, another game awaits in the NFC Championship.

"We should celebrate this and enjoy this," tight end Kyle Rudolph told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "It's hard to win playoff games. There's a lot of guys in this locker room, including myself, this is our first playoff win. But it's just the beginning. We've still got a lot of work to do.

"It'd be a shame to let something like that go to waste by us not showing up."

The incredible final play will be etched in viewers' minds forever.

"I don't think it's still really sunk in as far as like what something like that's going to be," guard Jeremiah Sirles told ESPN.com. "That's the stuff that in 20 years, you turn on NFL Films and it's going to be the 2018 NFL Classic. Something like that that you can't take away from any player that's in this room right now. We'll always be a part of something that happened that was super special like that."

A win over the Eagles would not only clinch a trip to the Super Bowl, but it would also be the Vikings' first playoff victory against Philadelphia in four tries. The last time the teams met was in the 2008 wild-card round.

The Vikings are 0-4 all-time in the Super Bowl. In order to get a fifth shot, they'll have to travel to a hostile environment and knock out the No. 1 seed.

"They're a pretty resilient bunch," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN.com. "They're pretty determined in what they're always trying to get done. They're always trying to get better. They're a good group of guys that work really hard."

Updated January 17, 2018

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