NFC championship game: 10 fast facts for Vikings-Eagles

Dec 18 2016 Glendale AZ USA New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 48-41. Mandatory Credit Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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"Brady has five Super Bowl rings, and the other three quarterbacks still left in the tourney hardly have three playoff wins". "We're playing for the guy next to us, playing for the guys who got injured, and we're playing for the city".

The Eagles are 3 ½-point underdogs to the Vikings, who are seeking to become the first dome team to win a conference championship playing a road game outdoors. The defensive line will have their hands full on Sunday against one of the best offensive lines in the league. "Their defense has saved them on numerous occasions, but the Eagles have to put up points on the Vikings because the Vikings can score at will and that might decide the outcome of the game".

Foles won't be the only member of that 2015 Rams team leading his team out of the tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

"We've had it up in game plans before this season; we just never got to it", Pederson said.

Up front, the offensive line also performed well. Sendejo finished the season with 80 tackles and two interceptions.

This composite image shows, from left: Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum and Eagles quarterback Nick Foles.

Las Vegas has set the over-under at 38 points for Sunday's tilt between Rodney McLeod and the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings. Kelly brought in Pat Shurmur as his offensive coordinator. He's actually played and won games. After his career at the University of Houston almost ended with a torn ACL, he recovered, played his final season as a grad student, and worked his way up as an undrafted free agent on the Texans' practice squad before earning a roster spot.

Regardless of how unlikely the quarterback situation may seem, Philadelphia (13-3, 1-0 in postseason) and Minnesota (13-3, 1-0 in postseason) are the top two seeds in the NFC and will compete for a ticket to the Super Bowl.

The change in quarterbacks is noticeable even during warmups.

It was shortly thereafter that the Vikings signed Keenum to a one-year, $2 million contract to serve as Bradford's backup, while Bridgewater continued his recovery. The Vikings have the NFL's No. 1 scoring and total defense and Philadelphia has the NFL's No. 4 scoring and total defense. However, he was sidelined with a broken collarbone sustained in a Week 9 game against the Texans and placed on injured reserve ending his season. Louis Rams during the 2015 season. After Philadelphia drafted Wentz No. 2 overall in 2016, the organization traded Bradford to the Vikings. And when Philly's season was on the line last week, Foles threw for 246 yards and didn't turn it over. Keenum took over the starting role from Foles on November 16, the day after Bradford's injury.

- In March 2016, the Rams traded with the Tennessee Titans in order to move up to the No. 1 pick of the draft. And, following his worst season since being drafted by the Eagles in 2012, Foles was considering retirement.

Keenum was named the starter for the now relocated Los Angeles Rams on August 6, 2016.

"So I think one thing is we have to scheme and we have to find ways to make a few chunk plays here and there". His status is in doubt for this Sunday's game against the Eagles.

- Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum threw for 318 yards last week, the fourth most he has ever thrown for in a single game. Linebacker Eric Kendricks, brother of Philadelphia Eagles' linebacker Mychal Kendricks, led the team with 113 tackles, his second straight year over 100 tackles, and also had one sack and one interception - which he returned for a touchdown.

Last week, he touted the Eagles as home underdogs in their divisional playoff game versus Atlanta.

Keenum led the Vikings to an 11-3 record in his 14 games, passed for 3,547 yards and held a 98.3 passer rating during the 2017 campaign. Their dream season appeared to be over when New Orleans place-kicker Will Lutz booted a 43-yard field goal to give the Saints a 24-23 lead with 25 seconds remaining.

"I'm a better person because of that decision", said Foles, whose turnover-free performance in last week's 15-10 divisional-round win over the Atlanta Falcons helped pave the way for the Eagles to reach the penultimate stage of these playoffs.

It's the NFC Championship Game. Coach Doug Pederson is a member of BYU graduate Andy Reid's extensive National Football League coaching tree, after working for Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City.

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