Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl LII Matchup Set After Wild Conference Championship

Ruben Hill
January 23, 2018

Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles made big play after big play Sunday night, winning the NFC title in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings.

This will be the eighth time Belichick and Brady will appear together in the Super Bowl.

"It was electric. The fans are awesome", All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said.

And maybe it's time for everyone to put aside Carson Wentz's injury.

But those players will be the focus at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, along with the smothering defenses of the Vikings and Eagles.

Foles replaced the injured Wentz in Game 13 and finished off a rise from last place last season to first in the NFC East.

But the closest thing to a lock in this gambling city is that betting on this Super Bowl will smash the existing record of $138.5 million set just previous year.

"That's the most frustrating part is we know the little things we did to win games were the things that hurt us today", Thielen said. We all believe in each other. "I'm blessed to have fantastic team-mates". He completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns.

Foles was helped greatly by the Eagles' domination on defense and a spectacular weaving 50-yard interception return TD by Patrick Robinson.

While the Vikings failed to become the first team in National Football League history to play in a Super Bowl inside their home stadium, the Eagles will have the same opponent they did in their last Super Bowl when Tom Brady and the Patriots won Super Bowl XXXIX. "I dealt with it the best I could", Brady said. "The resilience this group of men has is unequaled".

The Vikings, well, they did have a 7-0 lead after the opening drive.

That didn't happen again for Philly. Defensive end Chris Long pressured Case Keenum into coming up short on the pass.

It got worse for Keenum. The ball went directly to Robinson, who sped down the left side, then made a sharp cut to the right and got a superb block from Ronald Darby to reach the end zone.

Plus, the Eagles scored six defensive touchdowns, trailing only the Jaguars' seven.

"We have to give them a lot of credit, they played great on defense, played good on offense".

"We are going against one of the best teams in history", Eagles quarterback Foles said at an on-field interview after the game. "I love how they go about their business". Now they'll be significant underdogs to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. They didn't turn the ball over and they had explosive plays. He was 15 of 22 for 208 yards in the first half.

Foles began the game by hitting plenty of effective short passes. Keenum finished 28 of 48 for 271 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Patriots are a 5- to 6-point favorite. Patriots fans might not travel as well as they used to, but it could be a odd mix of depressed Vikings fans walking around their hometown while fans from two other franchises are going for a ring. A conference title game loss the next year in 1977 (I don't remember that one, either) signaled the end of a dynastic era the ended without a Super Bowl title.

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