There is something special about an amazing football game. The atmosphere is like no other and you seem to remember every dramatically filled moment that leads to victory. When you watch the NFC Championship football game, it will certainly be no different. But are these two teams worthy of being in the NFC Championship game? Well, it is obvious that they made it, but how did they get this far and what will they do from this point on? Both teams have something special that can take them to the finish line of victory. As we begin to look at the special teams, offense, defense, secondary for each team, we begin to get a vivid picture about the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The winner of the National Football Conference (NFC) will qualify to play the winner from the American Football Conference (AFC) in an all out battle for the Super bowl title. Both teams finished with a strong 13 wins and 3 loss records. The Minnesota Vikings come into the conference with a 3 game winning streak while the Philadelphia Eagles offer a 1 game losing streak. This allows the pendulum to point for the Minnesota Vikings to have perhaps a bit more confidence going into the game. However the Minnesota Vikings will have to go into the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and beat the Eagles on their home turf. This has never been easy, particularly in a game of this magnitude. Stress plays a large part in how these two teams will match up. Also, experience is essential as the teams seek to understand each other’s playbook. The victory will be a glaring result of who wants it more. The victory will be a glaring result on which team plays better together as one. And the victory will be a glaring result on how well both teams are coached.
Vikings 24, Saints 16
Sunday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. ET: NFC Championship on Fox and Fox Sports Go (Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles)
Super Bowl 2018
Sunday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET: AFC champion vs. NFC champion on NBC and NBC Sports Live (game will be played in Minneapolis)
HOW THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS MADE THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
Let’s first take a look at the Minnesota Vikings and how they were able to make it to the NFC Championship. As with any team, it has to start with the coaching staff. Mike Zimmer is the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. He has been the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys. With so much experience, the Vikings should have a decent defense.
And they indeed do. With Zimmer’s experience he has managed to have a dominant defense this year. Along with that, commentaries have been made about the greatness of the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum. When all seemed lost, Keenum led the Vikings onto an impenetrable comeback to have victory over the latter course of the year. Keenum has been a dominant force with his weapons, Stephon Diggs as wide receiver and Adam Thielen, the other wide receiver. Look for Keenum to go long and hard with these two talented receivers for long yardage. And let’s not forget the great Latavius Murray who has something to say about the Minnesota Vikings running game in the backfield. The Minnesota Vikings secondary has done well in protecting Keenum for most games and the special teams are also good. All in all the Vikings pack a powerful punch and they will need every bit of it as they look to defeat the Eagles on their home turf.
HOW THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES MADE THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP
The Philadelphia Eagles should indeed be worried about the Minnesota Vikings defense, but they also have some special players which helped them get to the NFC Championship. The Philadelphia Eagles head coach is Doug Pederson who served as offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has also played quarterback as well. The Eagles may not be as lucky with their quarterback position in Nick Foles. While Foles does have experience in games, he can also become easily confused when confronted with difficult situations. Foles is also a backup quarterback to Carson Wentz who went down early in the season. He also has not been the dominant force that Keenum has been consistently throughout the year. The Eagles also have Alshon Jeffery and Agholor who are young receivers. They do have the experienced Legarrette Blount who some question if he still has it. The Philadelphia Eagles defense certainly stepped it up over their win against Atlanta, knowing the weapons that they had. They rose to the challenge like champions do.
The special teams will play an integral role for both teams as they will need to get field advantage for each play down the field. Depending upon who can pull it all together, is the taking for the victory spoils. The Philadelphia Eagles will have home advantage giving them the confidence of having the crowd behind them. But if Case Keenum can put all of the high energy to the side, play with his weapons as he has done all year, then the Minnesota Vikings have a great chance of taking home the NFC Championship George Halas trophy. Either way, it should be a stunner until the end. Both quarterbacks will have to bring their best. The offensive lines will have to provide adequate protection to give both quarterbacks time to run their plays. And the running backs and wide receivers will need to have an elite style of play. The defense will have to bring a special quality to the game as well. Look for this one to be like a Superbowl within itself.