NFC championship: Eagles fan takes big hit from train platform pillar

Doris Richards
January 22, 2018

With his impressive performance in Sunday's NFC Championship game, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles helped his Texas high school etch its name in the National Football League record books.

The four Super Bowl losses.

Such has been the fate of two generations of Vikings fans now, many of whom don't remember the last time the Vikings were in a Super Bowl. No making history as the first team to host a Super Bowl in its stadium.

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

It is now six times and counting that the Vikings have come within a victory of returning to their first Super Bowl since 1977, now six times and counting that they have failed to rise to the occasion. "And we all believe in each other". "I'm blessed to have incredible team-mates". Instead, it will be the Philadelphia Eagles playing the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4. It was like they ripped out the Vikings' heart, aorta and everything else that gave them life this season. The fluttering pass was intercepted by Patrick Robinson, who got a key block from Ronald Darby to help get Robinson into the end zone. Philadelphia ruined the Vikings' hopes of being the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its own stadium.

Like their forebears of 1998 and 2009, this year's Vikings appeared to be Super Bowl-ready, road favorites against the NFC's top playoff seed.

"I'm so proud of our players", team owner Jeffrey Lurie said. The drive covered 75 yards in 12 plays. The payoff was a 25-yard throw from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph well behind linebacker Najee Goode as Philadelphia's defense looked confused on the play. There was no twist ending this time, no shocking mistake to steal defeat from the jaws of victory, just the numb realization that it has happened again. Long burst in from the left side and got his arm on Keenum to disrupt the throw for Adam Thielen. We also hope he gets home by then.

Keenum, so accurate during a regular season that redefined a kind of anonymous career, played his first bad game in months.

The turnover swung momentum to the Eagles, who grabbed a 14-7 lead on LeGarrette Blount's bruising 11-yard run.

This season ended like so many others. On third down from the Eagles 15, Keenum was blindsided by rookie Derek Barnett, and the ball bounced directly to Long.

It was only the second strip-sack the Vikings have been victimized by all season.

The good news for him is the Birds are going to the big game in Minneapolis against the Patriots.

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