The Vikings are SHOOK, right now, but we love the UNDERDOG, right? The Philadelphia Eagles, stun Minnesota and are headed to Super Bowl LII!!
— Fanatics View (@fanaticsview) January 22, 2018
via: NY Times:
It was 2013 all over again for Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles, as the quarterback channeled his younger self to light up Minnesota’s vaunted secondary in a 38-7 victory in the N.F.C. Championship game.
Foles’s huge performance ended the Vikings’ season and catapulted the Eagles to Super Bowl LII, where they will face the daunting task of taking on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Foles, who had looked like a potential franchise quarterback in a stint as Philadelphia’s starter in 2013, was thrust back into a starting role following Carson Wentz’s devastating knee injury in Week 13. He had struggled to move the ball, with his play taking the team from Super Bowl favorite to consistent underdog. But against the Vikings the 28-year-old Foles was back to looking like the star some thought he would become. He completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was 10 of 11 on third-down passes, completed four passes of 35 or more yards, and turned what had been Philadelphia’s greatest weakness — its ability to generate big plays — into its biggest strength.
In an on-field interview with Fox after the game, Foles struggled to sum up his emotions, describing himself as “speechless.”
“In this moment it’s unbelievable, he said. “It’s humbling.”
Alshon Jeffery had a huge day with 5 catches for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns, but Philadelphia also got huge games from Zach Ertz (8 catches for 93 yards) and Torrey Smith (5 catches for 69 yards and 1 touchdown). The running game was quiet for much of the game, combining for 112 yards, but LeGarrette Blount contributed an explosive 11-yard touchdown run in which he simply ran through Minnesota’s defensive line.
CONGRATS to the SUPER BOWL BOUND Eagles!
The FANS in PHILLY are ECSTATIC right now!