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Zach Ertz Dominates In NFC Championship Game


Julie Ertz was overjoyed to hear the news.

She couldn't watch the NFC Championship Game because, well, she was playing a game too. The U.S. Women's soccer team handily beat Denmark 5-1 so she missed out on the fireworks after the 38-7 win over the Vikings.

Still, there's a video that's gone viral of the World Cup champion breaking down after finding out her husband, Zach, and the Eagles were headed to the Super Bowl.

"I heard she scored," Ertz smiled when asked about Julie's game. He took time to FaceTime her after the win. "Obviously it's tough not having her out there with the confetti going all the other players got their wives there but hopefully we'll experience the same thing at the Super Bowl."

It was an outing to remember for fans at the Linc. Ertz preached all season long about being the go-to target on third down and he delivered Sunday night against the Vikings. Ertz caught all eight of the passes thrown his way. Five of those catches came on the money down while four of those receptions moved the chains. His red zone catch on third-and-1 extended the drive and led to LeGarrette Blount's go-ahead touchdown.

"I want to make plays when my number is called," Ertz said. "I've spoken a lot about being the guy on third down and in the red zone. I thought I got my number called very often and early in the game and I tried to make the most of the opportunity."

Ertz was matched up against one of the league's best safeties in Harrison Smith. He won the matchup with relative ease as the Eagles' offense put up 38 points against the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL. Ertz led the way with a team-high 93 receiving yards.

"We've got an amazing coaching staff especially offensively. Flip (quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo) is an amazing coach, Frank Reich. All these guys are established offensive coordinators and they go into the lab and they draw up stuff I never even thought possible, and then we come here on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday with the game plan and I'm like, 'Hey, we've got a good shot,'" Ertz said.

"They do an amazing job of just putting us in position to be successful and that's all you can ask for as a player."

The offense will look to continue its hot streak as they enjoy the bye week. Fortunately for Zach, Julie will be in attendance February 4 when the Eagles take on the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

"She's definitely coming. I told her I'm not talking to her if she doesn't come," Ertz joked.

"It's going to be crazy. The Super Bowl is a huge stage, huge opportunity, and it's going to be a lot of fun. Something that you kind of dream about growing up as a kid. ... No one thought we were going to be here after Carson (Wentz) went down. I think the resiliency of this team, how much we love playing for one another, how much we love playing football, I hope you guys can see that each and every game."

The Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Champions. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 38-7, and will play in Super Bowl LII.

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