NFC Championship Game Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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"I think we have still in the playoffs".

Said Rudolph: "If you didn't believe before and you didn't have confidence before that anything can happen if you go out there for four quarters and play 60 minutes, that should invigorate it in this team. Heck, yes. Just like Coach (Mike Zimmer) said, what matters today is how we work and how we prepare today and getting ready to beat the Eagles".

In fairness, they have played and coached in only seven of the last 16 Super Bowls, so it only seems like a Groundhog Day-like tradition. "With conditions what they are now, with the wind and the weather, there is a lot of movement to the ball".

"This has been a long journey and to see these boys play for the NFC championship, it's major", Marvin said. Zimmer was Parcells' defensive coordinator throughout his Cowboys tenure and Payton was on the staff for the first three seasons before going to New Orleans in 2006. In the secondary, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Smith were both named first-team all-pros. Keenum threw an interception that gave the Saints the ball on Minnesota's 30-yard line.

The two players have clashed on the gridiron in the past.

Wentz suffered a season-ending ACL injury more than a month ago, leaving the quarterbacking chores to his backup, Nick Foles. Good luck trying to extend drives against the Vikings.

Everson Griffen, Defensive End: The biggest concern the Eagles should have when on offense is finding a way to prevent Griffen from having an impact. Philadelphia ranked fourth in scoring defense (18.4 per game) during the regular season.

NFC Championship Game Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
NFC Championship Game Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry were all absolutely dominant against the Falcons. Unfortunately, Jones had fallen so the play was essentially dead at this point, but Ryan was able to extend the play with his legs and eventually lofted a pass into the end zone that was intended for the hands of Jones. In their three losses this season, they allowed an average of 13.3 points after halftime. His top target was Adam Thielen, who was 9 receptions shy of 1,000 on the season.

- 99-year-old Phil Basser, of Philadelphia, is becoming quite the celebrity after his grandson Josh answered a Vikings fan's tweet about her grandma Millie bringing home a win for Minnesota. "I'm calculated by it, but at the same time, I'm going to make sure that I'm putting our guys in a good position".

Case Keenum's ridiculously unlikely 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs was the first game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter in National Football League playoff history.

Much like Kelly's offense, Pederson's success with RPOs starts with a run-heavy attack that lures the defense closer to the line of scrimmage. However it comes - whether by blitz or by the four-man rush - the pressure will be the key against the Vikings.

"Hey, if the fans want to show up in dog masks and it's like the Purge out here on Sunday, that would be awesome", Long said Wednesday. Ever since the defense allowed 29 points to the New York Giants in Week 15, defenders have made the end zone almost impenetrable. "We had some young guys on those plays that were exposed for kind of the first time in that situation, and we've just got to keep talking to our players and keep coaching them up".

Brady is playing in a conference title game for the seventh consecutive season and the 12th time overall.

"In these moments where we're in front of this new backdrop, we're playing for this championship game, you do reflect", Foles said. A missed extra point last weekend was surprising to see and will hardly be a reason for real concern going into the NFC Championship Game.

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