By Roxaane Herrera // @rxnlzbth
RESULT: Eagles – 38 Vikings – 7
Sunday night’s game could not have gone any better for the Philadelphia Eagles. Quarterback Nick Foles threw for 352 yards, completing 26 passes of 33 with three touchdowns AND had a QB rating of 141.1 by the end of the game.
That’s the Eagles’ backup quarterback, by the way. The same guy who everyone wrote off, including (some) fans. The same guy who everyone doubted and quickly turned away from and refused to take seriously.
Last night, Foles played the best game of his career and despite a shaky and inconsistent first few games as Carson Wentz’s backup, he came through when the team needed him the most and did so beautifully.
In fact, the entire team played with confidence and trust as a unit. Despite what head coach Doug Pederson says in his press conferences about how the players don’t listen to the media and negativity, it’s pretty obvious they hear the bad talk. Instead of responding back verbally or through social media, they left their hearts on the field and let their play do the talking.
Two weeks in a row the Eagles were considered the underdogs at home. So, what do the Eagles do? They dominated the league’s best-ranked defense. On the other side of the ball, Philly’s defense held the Viking’s offense to only 7 points and picked off QB Case Keenum twice, once for an amazing pick-six early in the game that turned the entire game around.
The Philadelphia Eagles had the better coaching all season long. Even though there have been a number of bumps on the road thus far, they’ve overcome those together. They’ve believed in each other.
It’s only fitting that the Eagles and the Patriots, both ranked first in their respective conferences, are meeting each other for the second time. The Eagles are going to face an opponent who isn’t new to the scrutiny that the Super Bowl comes with. They aren’t new to the drama or to the rumors. They know how to win and have won five times now.
It goes without saying that once again, the Eagles will be the underdog, and I believe that this team has heart. They have faith. They have trust. For the first time in a very long time, this team is balanced. There has been no negativity surrounding the team and, the front office has all put in work. The entire organization has just been outstanding.
I could not be more proud of this team, of this season. I am a very happy Eagles fan today, as I always am. This year, in particular, these guys seem to just gel and genuinely get along. There’s no better feeling knowing you have a teammate you can rely on and trust in, and it shows out on the field. Ultimately, that’s the most important thing of football: family. The Eagles have been resilient, tough and winners. The battle has been won, on to the war.
We’re putting together something special to celebrate the NFC Championship.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 22, 2018
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