NFC Championship Game 2018: Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings Live Stream . The Minnesota Vikings were getting ready for another heartbreaking defeat. After building a 17-0 halftime lead, the Vikings were unable to keep New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in check in their NFC divisional playoff game.
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Their seemingly secure lead disappeared, and when PK Wil Lutz booted a 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining to give a 24-23 edge to New Orleans, it was all over but the crying.
Vikings fans were crushed, and they gave no thought to their team pulling off a miracle finish. Miracles were for other teams.
That’s when it happened. Quarterback Case Keenum put up a pass near the right sideline, and wideout Stefon Diggs went up for it. As he jumped, it appeared he had a good chance to catch it, and if he could get out of bounds before the last second ticked off the clock, placekicker Kai Forbath might be able to attempt the game-winning field goal.
But when Diggs came down, he did not feel the hard hit he was expecting. There was no soft hit, either, as Saints defensive back Marcus Williams simply whiffed.
Diggs was a bit off balance as he came down, and he put a hand on the ground to support himself, and then he took off down the sidelines for the game-winning score that gave the Vikings a 29-24 win and put them into the NFC Championship Game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer must get his team focused on the task at hand and not reflect on what happened against the Saints. If Minnesota is focused in this game, the Vikings appear to have an advantage even though they are playing on the road.
They have the No. 1 defense in the league, featuring pass rusher Everson Griffen—who led the team with 13.0 sacks during the regular season. They have physical linebackers in Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr, along with one of the smartest and most effective safeties in the game in Harrison Smith.
The Vikings also have a more cohesive and effective offensive team than the Eagles at this point. Keenum is a gutsy leader who throws short- and medium-range passes well and does a good job of sliding in the pocket to avoid the pass rush.
The running game is in solid hands with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, while Diggs and Adam Thielen have become one of the league’s best receiving duos. Add in tight end Kyle Rudolph, and the Vikings attack has options.
The Eagles certainly looked like the most complete and dangerous NFC team throughout the majority of the season, but when they lost Carson Wentz to an ACL injury in Week 8, their offensive cohesiveness disappeared.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles struggled badly in Week 16 and 17 against the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys, but he looked better in the divisional playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards without an interception. If he can perform at or above that level against the Vikings, the Eagles have a chance to survive and advance.