NFC Championship game recap
NFL analysts thought that this was going to be a low-scoring game and the Vikings were favored by three points. With a win, they’d become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. The Vikings were coming off a 13-3 regular season and just defeated the Saints in the divisional round the week before with a walk-off touchdown from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs. The Eagles had also come off go 13-3 regular season, with the number one seed. This was the second straight week that the Eagles were underdogs in their own stadium. All the momentum looked like it was going towards Philly because they just came off a 15-10 upset of the defending NFC-champion Falcons. The one thing not to overlook was that both the Vikings and the Eagles had top five defenses in the NFL. So, here’s how the game started.
From the opening kickoff, the Vikings took control. They were running the ball well and Case Keenum was in a rhythm. The drive was capped off with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph. It looked like this could possibly be a down-to-the-wire game, but we were sadly mistaken. All the momentum went to the Philadelphia Eagles when Case Keenum threw an interception to Patrick Robinson, who returned it for a pick-6 to tie the game. Nick Foles proceeded to go off. He was getting comfortable in the pocket and completing a lot of his passes. By halftime, it was 24-7, Eagles.
One of the greatest plays in the game was a Flea Flicker to Torrey Smith for Foles’ second of three touchdowns in the game. It wasn’t even a contest anymore because after that opening drive touchdown, the Vikings were simply awful. The final score of the game was 38-7, with the Eagles blowing out the Vikings to head to Super Bowl 52. Case Keenum was not all that great. He was 28-48 for 271 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Nick Foles, of all people, was 26-33, for 352 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Alshon Jeffery. This game had to be the most shocking on Championship Sunday because this was supposed to be a close game. It was nothing but a cakewalk for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Aftermath of Championship Sunday:
We all know that Super Bowl 52 will be the Eagles vs. the Patriots. This will be a rematch of Super Bowl 39 where the Patriots defeated the Eagles, 24-21. The Patriots are trying to come in to win back-to-back Super Bowls for the first time since they did it in 2003 and 2004. The Eagles are trying to avenge their loss to these Patriots and win their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. All I know is that this is going to be an excellent game between two of the best teams in the NFL this season. My prediction for this game is that the Patriots are going to win the game at best 31-21, or at worst 34-30. This Championship Sunday is going to be the most talked about for probably years to come. However, there’s a Super Bowl to be played in Minneapolis, Minn. on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Shawn Yeboah, a first-year, studies biomedical engineering. He is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.