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‘We’re Going to the Stinkin’ Super Bowl’: Eagles, Patriots Punch Ticket for Minnesota - Sports Illustrated
One game was a 31-point snoozer that still drove the home crowd so crazy fans were doing back flips on the streets outside the ballpark—Philadelphia 38, Minnesota 7. The other game was filled with gasps and dramatic turns and huge plays down the stretch—New England 24, Jacksonville 20. You’d figure the five-time Super Bowl champs, with the presumptive MVP quarterback, would be on the right side of the snoozer. Not so. It was Foles who engineered the rout, with some Dan Fouts-like deep balls thrown perfectly on the mark. And it was Brady who had to fight for his life, bum hand and all. How many times do you have to see the Patriots in one of those games you’re sure they’ll lose, and then you keep watching Brady make plays the other quarterback can’t, and you think, Is this game actually 70 minutes long? As Long said, “He just goes out and rips people’s hearts out.”

Eagles’ Doug Pederson sets tone as Nick Foles rounds into form - NFL.com
After guiding Philly to a 7-9 record in 2016, Pederson was the subject of some skepticism, both from inside and outside the organization. There was talk that his speeches to the team lacked polish and presence, that he wasn’t tough enough on his players or assistants, and that he was out of his depth as a head coach. Some of that may have been overdramatized, but either way, Pederson has demonstrated a marked improvement in his second season, in all areas. ”Doug is just coming into his own,” said eighth-year defensive end Brandon Graham. “He’s a guy that’s calm, cool and collected. He doesn’t get mad often, but when he does... ooooh, man.” That brings us back to last Wednesday: Jeffery, after catching a pass from Foles, had the ball dislodged by a scout-team defender, and practice-squad safety Harold Jones-Quartey snatched it out of the air and took off for the end zone -- with no one in pursuit. ”It was just lazy,” Celek recalled. “Doug wasn’t having that, and he let us know and set a tone.”

Eagles open as underdogs to Patriots in Super Bowl LII - BGN
After dominating the Minnesota Vikings in the 2018 NFC Championship Game by a final score of 38-7, you might think the Philadelphia Eagles are in line to finally get some respect. Nope. That’s not the case. The New England Patriots opened as six-point favorites over the Eagles in Super Bowl LII, according to BetDSI Sportsbook.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Vikings NFC Championship Game - PhillyVoice
Where in the hell did that performance come from? After looking absolutely dreadful in the final two regular-season games against the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys, Nick Foles came out in the NFC Championship Game and absolutely lit up “the No. 1 defense in the NFL.” On the night, Foles was 26 of 33 for 352 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and a passer rating of 141.4. In other games, Foles put up big numbers that were maybe a little misleading, in that he didn’t look great on the eye test. Against the Vikings, Foles looked damn good, dropping dimes to Nelson Agholor, Alshon Jeffery, and Torrey Smith. He was outstanding on the biggest stage of his career, both in the stat sheet and on the eye test.

Nicky Franchise - Iggles Blitz
There are a lot of storylines from Sunday’s NFC Championship but one really sticks out. Nick Foles played the game of his life. I know he threw 7 TDs in a game back in 2013, but that was against an awful Raiders team. Foles was brilliant against the Vikings, going 26-33-352. He threw 3 TD passes and didn’t turn the ball over. Foles did this against the #1 defense in the league with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. And he made it look easy.

Malcolm Jenkins: Eagles D has answer for Tom Brady, Patriots - ESPN
There was no shortage of confidence inside the Philadelphia Eagles’ locker room following a 38-7 blowout win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, the team’s leader, set the tone in this regard, speaking with certainty about the success that lies ahead for the Eagles, even in going against the five-time Super Bowl champions. ”The Patriots have been in this game so many times that I think we all look at them as kind of the gold standard of this league. And so, in a season where we’ve been doubted all year, for me it’s just right on par to be able to go against a team that has such a legacy as the Patriots,” he said. “But that’s just part of the story. When we finish this out, and we come back Super Bowl champions, that will just be the exclamation point on this whole story.

Doug Pederson’s ‘tricks up his sleeve’ keep coming - NBC Sports Philadelphia
A few hours before the Eagles played the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game Sunday night, the Jaguars doled out a free lesson about being timid in the playoffs. The Jaguars were clinging to a 14-10 lead when they got the ball back with 55 seconds left in the second quarter, with two timeouts, on their own 25. Head coach Doug Marrone had Blake Bortles take a knee twice, happy to head into the locker room with a slight lead. You know what eventually happened. The Patriots hung around and came back to win. They’ll see the Eagles in the Super Bowl. Watching that scenario unfold, plenty of Eagles fans were probably thinking if the Eagles were in a similar situation, “Doug Pederson would never stay safe like that,” and they’d be right. Because the Eagles were faced with a situation like that … and Pederson didn’t play it safe.

The day after: The Eagles are going to the Super Bowl - The Athletic
Going back to 2013, he’s always been a high-variance quarterback. There is Good Nick and Bad Nick. This was Good Nick. Actually, given what was at stake and the opponent, it might have been the very best version of Foles we’ve seen in an NFL uniform. While he deserves a ton of credit for being mentally tough and for getting through an ugly stretch at the end of the regular season, Pederson deserves praise too. After Week 17, Pederson watched old film of Foles to try to better adjust the offense to fit his strengths. He was also tasked with building Foles’ confidence back up. And on Sunday, Foles delivered the performance of a lifetime. “Coach Pederson is the one who drafted me,” Foles said. “He was the only coach who flew down to Texas and worked me out. I was only worked out by one team, and that was by coach Pederson. Coach [Andy] Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles took a chance on me. To win this game for him and this organization is something very special.”

Philadelphia Eagles’ Brent Celek, Brandon Graham relish win as longest-tenured players - PennLive
“I’m just so excited that we’re going to the Super Bowl,” Celek said. “I’m just thinking about the team we have this year. And we got a special group, man. And honestly, we’re not done. We’re not done. We got to finish this thing.”

Eagles’ Patrick Robinson’s pick-six changed course and the game - Inquirer
“Really, the D-line deserves the credit on that play,” said Robinson. “I was out in the flat when I saw the ball coming down. I was like, `Oh, man, this is going to be an easy pick.”

Everything the Vikings Are Good at Failed Against the Eagles - The Ringer
The Vikings finished the year as the no. 1 defense in the league by weighted DVOA, but on Sunday they melted, allowing the Eagles and Nick Foles to rack up 456 total yards and 27 first downs. Minnesota had allowed opposing offenses to convert just 25.2 percent of third downs, the best mark since at least 1991. On Sunday, the Eagles converted 71 percent (10 of 14). Minnesota allowed touchdowns on 41 percent of red zone trips this year, third-best in the league. Philadelphia got two touchdowns on two trips Sunday. Minnesota allowed seven plays of 40-plus yards all season, and the Eagles had two 40-plus yard offensive touchdowns on Sunday. The Eagles scored 38 straight points, the most consecutive points in a conference championship since 2001, when the Giants dropped 41 on … the Vikings. The Vikings defense was missing for so long a police department put out an APB.

Vinny Curry cherishes Eagles playoff win as a player and as a fan - NFL Player Engagement
“It just felt so good,’’ Curry said. “From the beginning of the game, getting ready, to how the game ended, it was just a great feeling. The energy, the electricity, you could just feel it. It was a great game and to be a part of it was just something you can’t even describe. It was kind of surreal.’’

Super Bowl LII: 4 quick-hit thoughts on Patriots vs Eagles - Pats Pulpit
There are a lot of players that can produce on this offense, but no one really seems to take over the game. The Eagles had only five 100+ yard games by a single player in the regular season (Blount in week 4; Ajayi in week 11; Ertz in week 12; Agholor in week 13; and Smith in week 14). For comparison, the Patriots accomplished that feat 10 times. The Eagles aren’t the best at any facet on offense, but they’re good enough that the Patriots can’t simply expect to remove one player and stall the Philadelphia offense; there are too many pieces. They rank 3rd in the NFL in points scored and 1st in red zone scoring.

Vikings Crushed by Eagles in Worst Performance of the Season - Daily Norseman
They were out-coached. On both sides of the ball. From after their first drive until the final buzzer. The Eagles had both a better game plan, and made better adjustments, while the Vikings coaching staff failed to address key issues that were clear early-on. Going into the game, the Eagles had plenty of tape showing how their secondary could be exposed to the short passing game, rub routes, slants, crossing patterns. But Pat Shurmur, like OC Steve Sarkasian last week, chose not to focus on that. They focused on longer routes that allowed the Eagles defensive front to pressure Keenum, which led to two turnovers in the game, and other pressures, hits and hurries.

A Masterpiece Sends Eagles To The Super Bowl - PE.com
In a blink of an interception return for a touchdown, everything turned around in the Eagles’ favor on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota. Patrick Robinson intercepted a pressured Case Keenum, followed an army of blocks on a spectacular 50-yard scoring return, and the Eagles never looked back in a resounding 38-7 win over the Vikings ...

Julie Ertz’s reaction to the Eagles making the Super Bowl is wonderful - SB Nation
The USWNT midfielder learned the result of her husband’s game after her own!

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