Sunday will be the single most important game for numerous players as a member of the Eagles.
"It was weird", Eagles veteran Torrey Smith said. Doug Pederson and his assistants have talked about "staying in the moment" which is a big reason why the Eagles finished the regular season at 13-3. If you want offensive fireworks, look elsewhere on Sunday.
"That's the challenge against going up against one of the better defenses in the league", Reich said. "I mean Diggs made a great catch". They have a devastating pass-rush led by Fletcher Cox, a three-headed beast of a running game, and they were a top-five team in both points scored and fewest points allowed. Under orders not to commit a pass interference penalty, Williams ducked underneath the leaping Diggs, taking himself and a teammate out of the play. "And that gives anyone strength in their lives to go out there [and excel], knowing their family's right there". "But there have been a bunch of plays that have come up". There's different ways to teach players. "That's been a proven winning formula for a long time, so I think this week is a good test of that". We've had so many things go on, so many guys step up, so many injuries - the guys who have been injured have done an fantastic job of staying around the building and doing a huge job of being the heartbeat of this team.
The dog mask craze is thanks to the Eagles' Lane Johnson and Chris Long, who donned German Shepherd heads after last weekend's win over the Atlanta Falcons. They're cut from the same cloth as Pederson, well-traveled like those factory seconds flooding the racks at the outlet stores. The ball ricocheted off his kneecap to Smith, who turned it into a 20-yard gain that helped set up a 53-yard field goal. "But that's why, and I've said over and over again, Case's success and the way he plays doesn't surprise me, because [he] and I were together". The throw went only 28 yards.
"We can't make these mistakes in playoff games or we'll be going home", Zimmer said. The underdog Giants beat the Vikings in January 2000 and the Cardinals beat the Eagles in January 2009. In this game, however, it will likely be a lot more hard as the defence of the Vikings have proven themselves to be quite formidable if they can steal picks from Brees. Just when the Falcons showed the fans something, they found a way to take it all away.
Their O/U trends are 1-9-1 in their last 11 playoff home games, 2-6 in their last 8 overall games, and 3-1-1 in their last 5 Conference Championship games.
"You either have it, or you don't", Pederson said of his play-calling ability. Too low? Let us know what you think in the comments section below. In this game, I've been here twice. That's all I know. They're not out there on the field with us. It's obviously a great honor, a great opportunity in front of us. He consults with a council of players to make sure any issues are handled.
In Minneapolis, Keenum threw a 61-yard pass to Stefon Diggs to lift the Vikings to a 29-24 walk-off win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday night. The Eagles are right there. Good luck trying to extend drives against the Vikings.