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By Tyler Englander 1/25/18

Sunday’s NFC Championship Game could be called the matchup of backups. With Case Keenum back behind center for the Vikings and Nick Foles at quarterback for the Eagles, there was a lot of uncertainty at the most important position in the game. In the end, It was Foles, the second-string Eagle playing like seasoned first-string starter.

Things started well for the Vikings as Keenum found Kyle Rudolph for a 25-yard touchdown on the game’s opening possession. The goodwill faded quickly for the Vikings, who were looking to become the first team to host a Super Bowl with this year’s game being played in Minnesota. On the Vikings next drive Keenum’s pass was intercepted by Patrick Robinson and returned 50 yards for an Eagles touchdown.

The beatdown was on from there. The Eagles offense steamrolled through Minnesota’s defense scoring 17 points in the second quarter thanks to an 11-yard Legarrette Blount touchdown run and a 53 yard touchdown connection from Foles to Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles led 24-7 at the half.

The second half was no better for Minnesota as the Eagles continued to added two more Foles passing touchdowns to make it 38-7. That was the final score as Foles, who replaced injured  MVP candidate Carson Wentz in Week 14, threw for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson congratulated his QB; “I’m so happy for Nick and the offense, and for Nick, everything he’s been through and battled, he stayed the course and we all believed in him.”

Foles and the Eagles advance to Super Bowl 52 where they will take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of Super Bowl 39, which Philadelphia lost. The Eagles will be looking for their first Super Bowl title in Minneapolis while trying to prevent Tom Brady and the Patriots from their record tying sixth Lombardi Trophy.