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Super Bowl Bound: Eagles Dominate Vikings 38-7

Posted Jan 21, 2018

Congratulations, Eagles fans! The Eagles are NFC Champions and headed to Super Bowl LII after crushing the Vikings 38-7. Philadelphia outscored Minnesota 38-0 after the game’s opening drive. Quarterback Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns to ignite the Eagles offense. His 352 passing yards are fourth-most in playoff franchise history.

It’s the third time in franchise history the Eagles have reached the Super Bowl, with previous trips in both 1980 and 2004. During each NFC Championship run, the Eagles defeated the Vikings along the way.

Here’s how the Eagles dominated on Sunday night:

The Vikings scored on the game’s opening drive on a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Case Keenum to tight end Kyle Rudolph. The Eagles' defense answered the bell on the Vikings' next drive.

On third-and-8 with 6:42 to go, cornerback Patrick Robinson intercepted Keenum’s pass intended for Adam Thielen and returned it across the field 50 yards for a touchdown. It was the second-longest interception return for a touchdown in Eagles playoff history and tied the game at 7-7.

The Eagles took over inside the Minnesota 20 to start the second quarter. A short pass to Zach Ertz gave Philadelphia a third-down conversion and LeGarrette Blount finished off the drive bulldozing over safety Andrew Sendejo for an 11-yard touchdown run. The Eagles went up 14-7 with 13:42 to go in the half.

With about three minutes left on third-and-six, rookie Derek Barnett strip-sacked Keenum at the Philadelphia 25 and the ball was recovered by Chris Long.

On third-and-10 and 1:18 on the clock, Foles danced around in the pocked and unleashed a 53-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Alshon Jeffery to put the Eagles up 21-7.

Jake Elliott nailed a 38-yarder to make the score 24-7 at the half as the Eagles went 60 yards in 29 seconds.

The Eagles came out of halftime firing. Corey Clement pitched the ball back to Foles and he let another one fly to Torrey Smith for a 41-yard touchdown, which placed the Eagles up 31-7 with 10:13 to go in the third quarter.

The Vikings went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 8-yard line later, but Ronald Darby defended a pass intended for Thielen which fell incomplete. 

The Eagles took over from inside the 5-yard line to start the fourth quarter. Foles continued his terrific outing, finding Jeffery who skied for his second touchdown of the night.

Philadelphia’s defense wouldn’t let up at all in the fourth quarter. They earned another stop on fourth-down with 12 minutes remaining and Corey Graham nabbed an interception thanks to the defense at the six minute mark.

Backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld checked in at the 2:00 mark and the Eagles ended the game in the victory formation. The Eagles will face the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl LII February 4 in Minnesota.

Game Leaders

Passing:

Nick Foles: 24-31, 352 yards, 3 TD
Case Keenum: 28-48, 271 yards, TD, 2 INT, FUM

Receiving:

Alshon Jeffery: 5 catches, 85 yards, 2 TD
Zach Ertz: 8 catches, 93 yards
Torrey Smith: 5 catches, 69 yards, TD
Kyle Rudolph: 25 yards, TD
Stefon Diggs: 8 catches, 70 yards
Jerick McKinnon: 11 catches, 86 yards

Rushing:

Jay Ajayi: 18 carries, 73 yards
LeGarrette Blount: 6 carries, 21 yards, TD
Jerick McKinnon: 10 carries, 40 yards

Defense:

Patrick Robinson: INT, TD
Corey Graham: INT
Danielle Hunter: 1 sack,
Derek Barnett: FF, 1 sack

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