After coming off an emotional victory against the New Orleans Saints in last week’s divisional round matchup, the Minnesota Vikings now move on to face the number one seed Philadelphia Eagles. This football game will end up being a low scoring affair in which one crucial mistake can slam the door on any Super Bowl LI aspirations for these two franchises.
The Eagles managed to lock up the number one seed in the NFC despite being without their star quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz was lost for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL injury against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles has done an exceptional job stepping in for Carson Wentz, however; you do not see the explosive Eagles offense that you witnessed with when the second-year signal caller out of North Dakota State was the starter. Nick Foles has been a game-manager at best under center as the Eagles starting quarterback.
He will have to be on his A-Game against the Vikings defense because Foles will not be able to repeat what Drew Brees was able to do against Minnesota’s defense in the second half of last week’s ball-game after throwing two interceptions in the first two quarters.
Both of these franchises have witnessed heart-breaking defeats in regards to playoffs, this Sunday one of these ball-clubs shall have their heart broken once again. A win for the Vikings will allow them to become the first team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl within their home stadium.
To have that type of advantage, could pay huge dividends against an organization such as the New England Patriots. I believe that Foles and the Eagles can keep it close, but a few turnovers will allow them to lose this football game to the Vikings.