The Philadelphia Eagles dominated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, 38-7, and will travel to Minnesota to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Pederson got Foles into a rhythm early, he was creative, he ran the ball enough and he dialed up some plays that were simply unstoppable. I know that's cliché, but it's true.
If there was a tipoff that the Vikings' defense, which was ranked No. 1 this season, was vulnerable, it should have come in the second half of their previous playoff game when they gave up 24 second-half points at home to the Saints. Some of our strengths they attacked on third downs, which was one of our strengths all along.
Just like that-Philadelphia 14, Minnesota 7. An aggressive drive netted 75 yards in eight plays with a flea-flicker from Foles to Torrey Smith for 41 yards, boosting the lead to 31-7.
Was Zimmer surprised by how his team couldn't handle such situations?
OT William Beatty: The Eagles feel comfortable with versatile second-year lineman Isaac Seumalo as their backup tackle, which is why they've kept Beatty on the inactive list for much of the past two months.
Four teams remain in the National Football League season, and we're just three weeks away from crowning a champion.
Philly also won the turnover battle 3-0, another significant contribution to one of Minnesota's worst playoff defeats. Patrick Robinson's interception and brilliant 50-yard return was the play of the game. They were better on first down than us. "We were still winning at that point, obviously, but we couldn't execute on the critical situations that we needed to on third downs or scoring in the red zone".
So it will be the Eagles facing New England in Super Bowl LII on February 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Of all the soul-crushing postseason losses the Vikings have suffered, and there have been plenty, this was the soul-crushingest of them all. The game is February 4 in Minneapolis.
Afterward, Foles arrived at a postgame news conference wearing glasses and looking like a science teacher as he declared, "I haven't had time to really comprehend what is going on".
The Vikings did not look anything like the team that went 13-3 during the regular season behind strong play on both sides of the ball.
The Vikings beat New Orleans 29-24 last week at U.S. Bank Stadium on a miraculous 61-yard pass from Keenum to Stefon Diggs on the final play, and it looked for a moment Sunday as if that momentum would carry over.
"He did a great job today", Shurmur said in the locker room. "I literally said a prayer, and my heart said go back". It's not like it was 100 percent, but my faith and my guidance and the way I felt like going into that experience allowed me to grow to make me a better player now. "I think there's a lot of performances that could've been a lot better, including myself".