The New England Patriots will open as favorites against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2018 Super Bowl. The Patriots advanced by overcoming a 10-point deficit in a 24-20 home win Sunday over Jacksonville. "We would've loved to play in the Super Bowl if it was in China", coach Mike Zimmer said.
For Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, his fairy tale season came to an end on Sunday. Last week, of course, the Eagles narrowly beat the Atlanta Falcons in a game that was clearly affected by cold and windy conditions, as both Nick Foles and Matt Ryan struggled taking shots down the field.
"Opening the game with how electric that crowd was and going down and scoring, that felt good", Keenum said. "I just want to fit in". Then the turnover was a mistake that definitely brought everyone back. Derek Barnett is a rookie defensive end. "I just think you've got to keep going at it". Given that the NFC Championship Game is being played in Philadelphia, the Eagles are the team with better defensive numbers. His second pick came late in the game when the Vikings trailed 38-7.
The unit, which had four games in which they allowed just a single third-down conversion, limited the Saints to just two of nine conversions in the Divisional round. 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.
Foles will have the chance to play against his former UA teammates Rob Gronkowski and linebacker Marquis Flowers, who's also playing in his first Super Bowl. "Some plays were one or two yards, but I can guarantee we were knocking the s-- out of the down linemen".
As soon as last season came to an end, Philadelphia made it a priority to improve their weapons for Wentz to work with after seeing some of the struggles experienced as a rookie, and even though his numbers from the regular season could have been better, Sunday's game against Minnesota is the flawless opportunity for the veteran to breakout. The Eagles get to the quarterback better than any other team and Keenum has been a much different passer under pressure this year. "I tried to do what I needed to do to get back out there".
The Vikings had 333 yards of offense. Despite being the NFC's No. 1 seed, the Eagles have embraced the role of underdog.
Said Kendricks: "They made plays". "We talked all week about staying ahead on first and second down". It initially was ruled a touchdown, but replays showed the ball bouncing off the grass, and the score was overturned with 6:21 left in the third.
Here are seven things you may not know about the Patriots-Eagles matchup. Sunday marked their sixth straight loss in an NFC title game. They were one game away from ending that drought in style with the big game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Philly, meanwhile, is looking to win its first Super Bowl.
Mild weekend temperatures to give way to messy Monday commute
This will likely make roadways slippery initially due to the snow which will be followed by a layer of freezing rain. The weather statements and advisories have been popping up in abundance lately, but it's always good to be aware.