Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Key players to beating Vikings in NFC Championship

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is surrounded by the media after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium

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On January 21st the two pieces of the Super Bowl puzzle will be added, and every fan of the Eagles will be in attendance, by a television set or listening on the radio with the hope that their favorite team will be advancing to the game in Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium. I'm going to get one regardless, so it's not that big of a deal, but instead of getting the logo I'd love to get one that says Super Bowl champs and from the look of the rigged NFL's slip-up... it looks like they'll at least make it to the game. The emotional high from the win over the Saints isn't something he's aiming to use as momentum to ride into the Eagles game.

Barnes is from Texas but is a Vikings fan on his first trip to Philadelphia and bracing for some heat.

Kendricks said the team has taken a lot of pride in the homegrown talent throughout the locker room. The Vikings surrendered just 83.6 yards per game on the ground in 2017, which ranked second in the National Football League, and that number is a big reason why the Eagles might have to rely on Foles this week. It's hard to imagine a run defense better than the Vikings, but Philly has it. "Our scouts have done a good job of identifying the guys, and I think the coaches have done a good job in communicating with those guys (about) the kind of guys that we need, and the kind of people we need".

"I think like everything, that one is done and gone with, and we're moving on to Philadelphia now", he said. Plus a productive Vikings offense vs.an improved Patriots defense. This will certainly be an addition to the already expanding list of bulletin board material that has been posted in the NovaCare Complex as the team gears up for the game on Sunday. Each defense accounted for four turnovers, but the Eagles came away with the edge after the Vikings fumbled three times.

No team has ever played in the Super Bowl on its home field.

"They're a pretty resilient bunch", Zimmer said.

That might not sound like a big deal, but another indoor team (the Falcons) definitely had trouble last week playing on the slippery surface at Lincoln Financial Field.

However, there's no guarantee that surface will be any better.

Another week, another game with the Eagles being the underdog. As the Giants (and the Ravens) have demonstrated, the optimal strategic path to beating the Pats is to engineer an up-the-gut pass rush which gets in Brady's face and takes the body down.

There was Case Keenum's third-quarter interception, Ryan Quigley's blocked punt that gave the Saints a short field on their ensuing drive, a third-down sack that knocked the Vikings out of field goal range and defensive errors in the red zone that allowed New Orleans to convert on 75 percent of its attempts.

On the secondary market, StubHub, an online ticket exchange company, said Friday that demand for Super Bowl LII seats - based on sales so far - is up almost 30 percent compared with last year's game in Houston.

After seeing his workload ramp up late in the season, Ajayi could be in for his first 20-touch day with the Eagles.

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