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Annette Crawford
January 22, 2018

She joined ESPN in 2017. "Plays like that, the fans, really got us back into the game".

The Philadelphia Eagles were obviously elated following their convincing 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. It wasn't. You might hear that the Vikings were still riding the high from the Minneapolis Miracle.

"When people don't think you're good enough or you're not going to win, it doesn't register with them considering how hard they've worked".

Foles made them pay with three quick completions, two to tailback Jay Ajayi and another to Zach Ertz for 36 yards, and Jake Elliott hit a 38-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 24-7 at halftime. And that's unfortunate since the Vikings were expected to dominate him.

A 13-3 season was great, but this ending is heartbreaking. Remember the name Derek Barnett? Given that there is no rivalry between the two teams, it's unclear if Vikings fans were prepared for the type of reception that they received in Philly. The remarkable depth of the Eagles' defensive line showed up again.

When the Vikings defense's best was needed, it delivered its worst, and everyone was to blame, starting at the top.

They weren't supposed to be playing at this point of the season.

Some will say the Minnesota defense was overrated because of the way that their season ended.

The Philadelphia Eagles secured a Super Bowl rematch Sunday, and denied the Minnesota Vikings in their bid to make history.

So close, yet so far. The offensive line handled a very good Minnesota front and kept Foles clean as he worked into a groove and didn't stop.

The Eagles do not have a player on their roster who has amassed 1,000 yards from scrimmage this season.

The Eagles, whose two Super Bowl defeats also include 1981, last won an National Football League title in 1960 before the Super Bowl era began.

Nick Foles silenced the doubters, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns in a performance reminiscent of their injured star QB Carson Wentz. Xavier Rhodes was out on that drive with a toe injury. Heck, five minutes after the Divisional round game was over, Harrison Smith was talking about the next week.

Nick Foles after a touchdown.

Foles was on fire Sunday night against the stingiest scoring defense in the NFL.

It's also worth pondering if the bubble has burst a little after the NFC Championship Game.

It won't take another Minneapolis Miracle for this team to recover. The Vikings now don't have a quarterback under contract for 2018. Bridgewater's steady personality more closely matches Zimmer's ethos, but the organization might have tipped its hand in deciding to leapfrog Sam Bradford over Bridgewater on the playoff depth chart. But while the Vikings should return another strong team, that doesn't mean the sting from this defeat will go away any time soon.

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