By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63
Eagles 38 – Vikings 7
It was supposed to be a battle of the NFC backups. A true redemption story of two backup/starter/backup quarterbacks in Case Keenum and Nick Foles. All season the Minnesota Vikings held the title of the number one defense in the NFC and entering this matchup as they were the favorite to win. But it was the Philadelphia Eagles defense that pressured Keenum and kept wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen at bay.
This day was not going to be a miracle ending for the Vikings like against the New Orleans Saints last weekend. This day, the Vikings missed the mark and allowed the Eagles to fly to the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, who earlier in the day, defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20.
The Vikings played uncharacteristically bad football the entire game, allowing Foles to command an Eagles offense that marched down the field at every opportunity. Foles had himself a night as he threw for 352 yards, three touchdowns, (two of them to former Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery) zero interceptions and a perfect QB rating of 141.4.
Keenum tried to keep a momentum going, but the Eagles defense shut him down on run and pass plays. He threw for 263 yards and one touchdown. But his two interceptions interrupted any momentum they had and rattled Keenum as the Eagles defensive front put on the pressure. He struggled against every blitz scheme Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz threw at him.
It was obvious that Foles outperformed Keenum in this NFC matchup, and he managed the clock well. The Vikings defense was sluggish and couldn’t stop the passing game. Instead, the Eagles limited the Vikings run game to a total of 58 combined yards from Jerick McKinnon and Latavius Murray.
In an in-your-face dig at the Vikings, several Eagles players mimicked the Vikings Skol war chant replacing it with “Foles” followed by the V clap. But in all honesty, the Eagles offense played with determination, faith, and heart. This was an all-out thumping by an Eagles offense against a stout Vikings defense. It wasn’t even a close game. The Vikings had an entire week to prepare and gave up 31 unanswered points. The Eagles shredded the Vikings defense, torching them with pass plays and the ground game.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 22, 2018
Whether or not Keenum will remain as a backup in Minnesota or a starter somewhere else is anyone’s guess. But for Vikings fans, it is the end of an exciting season as they walk away with the NFC North title only. But who knows what next season will bring with QB Teddy Bridgewater back under center?
Time will heal all wounds, but this one will sting for a while.
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