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NFC Divisional Round Match Up: Saints at Vikings

NFC Divisional Round Match Up: Saints at Vikings

As well as each quarterback has played to guide his team to this moment, both teams are anchored by defenses that are among the best in the NFL. Neither was the starter for their team at the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has dramatically changed his team's culture in his second season at the helm, and is two wins shy of dramatically altering the franchise's history, as well.

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes replayed the video clip of the winning touchdown "about a thousand times" at home, searing the image of Stefon Diggs leaping to catch the pass from Case Keenum and sprinting for the end zone into his memory forever so the details of the sequence that beat New Orleans were no longer foggy.

That would be winning Super Bowl LII on February 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

A few months later he was traded, along with a second-round pick, to the Rams for Sam Bradford, who will be Minnesota's backup on Sunday. Atlanta's offense has been lackluster this season while the Vikings offense has been explosive.

So-who's going to win? Unlike the single-digit temps that turned the crowd blue last weekend, this time around temps are forecast to be in the 50s. Three Eagles would make that list, but that's not all. When Vick went down with a concussion in the second quarter of a Week 10 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Foles finished the game and then Eagles head coach Andy Reid gave him the starting nod for the remainder of the season, though the rookie quarterback was injured in the last game of the 2012 season. The slogan is inspired by the fact that this year's Super Bowl will be played in the Vikings home stadium. Minnesota is 1-3 overall at that stadium since it opened in 2003.

Foles' next obstacles is the top defense in the NFC. The Falcons had absolutely nothing going in the run game up the middle, despite having one of the better one-two running back punches in the game. He had a 100.1 passer rating. With receivers like Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and Zach Ertz, finding a target won't be the issue. Defensive end Everson Griffen said he might experiment with seven-stud cleats. That was my job stepping in for Carson, to lead this team like I have before.

We'll see if they can keep that chemistry up on Sunday evening against the Eagles. Namely, Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes.

LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi have been the primary rushers for Philly. They allowed a league-low average of 275.9 yards per game, and 15.8 points.

The Vikings offense isn't almost at the level of its defense.

Most current players had experienced only one torturous playoff loss, that of 2015 when Walsh missed that field goal. Admittance to this club is somewhat opaque but is generally considered to contain Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson - none of whom will be joining Brady in action on Sunday (Monday NZ time). While the Vikings have played games on natural grass this season, most notably divisional matchups with Chicago and Green Bay, there's the added variable of this week's inclement weather to take into consideration. Fletcher Cox dominated the line of scrimmage against the Falcons, and defensive Brandon Graham excelled next to them. McKinnon shouldered much less of the load against the Saints, just eight carries to Latavius Murray's 19.

Philadelphia's defense held the duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman to just 86 rushing yards.

Remember that this matchup does not happen unless the Jaguars have knocked off New England, quite possibly leaving Philadelphia in the underdog role against the AFC's No. 4 seed.

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