Stores, Bars and Vikings Fans Ready For NFC Championship Game


Expect to see dog masks everywhere - from the stands ( reportedly sold out of all of their dog masks this week) to the locker room.

What isn't known, however, is whether Foles will handoff or pass from that formation, as the Eagles are known for running a bevy of run/pass option (RPO) plays each game.

The Vikings had the ball, 4th-and-4 from the 6-yard line with 56 seconds left in regulation, down 17-10.

The NFC Title game on Sunday will feature the top two seeds.

Minnesota (13-3) is at Philadelphia (13-3), 6:40 p.m. ET Sunday, Fox. The two passers have three playoff starts between them. "The guys are going to prepare themselves the way they have all season long". That's a 65 percent success rate. The Eagles rank fourth in both categories. Minnesota is 1 for 7 on fourth down, fewest attempts in the league. "So we have to be prepared at any point".

The Eagles aren't only underdogs, they're afterthoughts.

Vaitai has often looked like "just another guy" this season, in varying senses of the phrase. Keenum will be remembered in the team's folklore now thanks to his involvement on this play.

Such noise has gotten under the skin of Eagles players like Wisniewski. And he's even coming over to me like, we need to run this play coach.

For once, something actually went in the favor of Minnesota.

"We had some good battles".

This week perhaps more than any other, the Eagles can't afford a liability at the tackle position. "But I think the big message there is, no matter what happens, you've just got to keep believing in yourself, keep working hard, never give up". So some of them are, "Hey, it's green". Weather and conditions could be a factor that favors the Eagles. That said, Minnesota ranks in the top 15 in points, total yards, passing yards, and rushing yards.

"There's going to be some point when we all finish playing this game", he said.

Coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles rely on input from members of their analytics department during games. "I mean, we were on the same team not too many years ago". If it's going to be 50/50, 48/52, then a coach is going to have their instinctual predilection, right? The Vikings sideline was thinking about tropical vacation spots they could travel to avoid the nasty Minnesota Winter that was waiting for them outside US Bank Stadium. But professional football has always been my passion and instead of cheering for the nearby Buffalo Bills, I opted to take another route down the fiery dumpster and root for Minnesota. That's all it is.

How much do you trust Nick Foles in this game? Or so I'd like to think.

Analytics are being deployed on the defensive side of the ball as well. Oh, Ray Rhodes, Andy Reid and Chip Kelly all had their moments - with Reid easily having the a lot of them. They're not distracted at all by that play. Another is because Philadelphia boasts the league's stingiest run "D, ' with DTs Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan, LBs Nigel Bradham and Mychal Kendricks and safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod almost impenetrable up the middle".

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz studied econometrics - the application of statistical and mathematical techniques in solving problems - while at Georgetown. This will likely be a game of defence as it'll come down to how well each performs and how many mistakes Keenum and Foles avoid on the attack.

"Everybody in the world copies it now, so everybody gets to practise against it", said Zimmer.

With this knowledge, a player can miss the defensive call in the chaos of the moment and still be able to figure it out by looking at the clock and knowing what Schwartz would have them in. "He's played in this league for years now, got experience". I definitely learned a lot from that. "However I can serve this organization and serve these players, that is all I know. But y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after", Ramsey said.