Stores, Bars and Vikings Fans Ready For NFC Championship Game

The Philadelphia Eagles had no points, a lack of offensive rhythm and almost 70,000 restless fans on the edge of their seats Saturday when coach Doug Pederson called a play the offense hadn't run all year.

Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo likely will get a second interview for the head coaching job of the Cardinals, per reports. The first one that jumps out is New England not only has been in the past six consecutive AFC championship games, but they have won three of the four games they've played at home.

The Giants hired Ben McAdoo. fired. The Eagles even considered Tom Coughlin, but chose Pederson instead. McAdoo was sacked already.

Philadelphia's only given up an average of 13 points per game at Lincoln Financial Field, a stadium at which they've only lost once this season.

"If we had done some things better", coach Mike Zimmer said during an otherwise joyful postgame news conference, "it wouldn't have been this close and we wouldn't have had to throw that last pass". "He might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen in my 30-plus years in the National Football League". But even I was on my feet and shouting at the TV during the last two minutes and jumping around for the last and final play in the last 10 seconds of the game when the Vikings ran for a touchdown. It's OK, I'm as used to that as the lack of comments and/or email alerts I receive afterward. "Doug Pederson is way better than I thought he was going to be in terms of his ability to lead that team".

"I just think he was so proud of us", tight end Kyle Rudolph said. He's thirty-nine years old and it is only a matter of time until Father Time is tapping him on the shoulder.

The Eagles announced a "Matching Gift Drive" on Wednesday for its Autism Challenge on May 19, which includes a one-day bike ride and 5K run/walk events organized by the team. Expect a grind-it-out game from start to finish, with this version of the Purple People Eaters clamping down on the Eagles offense and doing what their forerunners did by winning the NFC championship. "But these teams have too many talented rushers and that's going to make it more hard than they've had it". They are 6-1 in one-possession games in that span and boast a defense that allowed only 17 points in the 14 quarters prior to the second half vs. the Saints. 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. The underdog status that plays in the locker room also resonates across the entire region.

His backup that season? He consults with a council of players to make sure any issues are handled. Over his career he's presided over outstanding defenses in Dallas, Cincinnati, and his present squad in Minnesota, which allowed the fewest yards and points per game in the NFL.

"We weren't born Vikings", safety Harrison Smith said.

He was exactly like all of us fans.

Pederson didn't have much of a pedigree before owner Jeffery Lurie took a chance.

There are three problems with how the Saints play this.

Pederson, unlike Reid, prefers a more-balanced offense. "So that's all. When I tell you I have no time to consider anything else other than how we're preparing a game plan to beat the Vikings, that's really all we're concerned about". Pederson also is aggressive.

Instead, Foles answered questions about the No. 1-ranked Minnesota defense and the idea that a win on Sunday catapults the Eagles to Super Bowl LII.

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