The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52

Ross Houston
January 22, 2018

The Road to Minneapolis saw a lot of contenders trying to make the trip, but in the end the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are finishing up the year in Super Bowl 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Minneapolis Miracle turned out to be short-lived. The Eagles opened as 6-point 'dogs against the Patriots, and that's just fine with them. But the momentum they had hoped would carry over from that win wasn't there. They're three-point favorites headed into Philadelphia for a matchup against the Carson Wentz-less Eagles. He completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

If those errors didn't cause enough of a sting, this tidbit will. If you're a Vikings fan, you might.

The strongest part of the Eagles' roster is their defensive line, yet they still used their first-round pick on defensive end Derek Barnett. "Our ultimate goal was to go to the Super Bowl".

As soon as last season came to an end, Philadelphia made it a priority to improve their weapons for Wentz to work with after seeing some of the struggles experienced as a rookie, and even though his numbers from the regular season could have been better, Sunday's game against Minnesota is the ideal opportunity for the veteran to breakout. "I'm going to point my finger at me before I point it at the players". The Eagles tied the game later in the first quarter when former Patriot Chris Long's pressure forced a bad throw from Keenum that Patrick Robinson picked off and took 50 yards to the house.

So close, yet so far. He led the Vikings with 91 catches for 1,276 yards in the regular season and was named to his first Pro Bowl.

The Vikings started the game with a 75-yard march in nine plays with tight end Kyle Rudolph hauling in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Keenum for a quick 7-0 lead with 10:14 remaining in the first quarter.

And the Vikings never recovered.

When you look up "game of your life", expect to see a photo of Nick Foles, for at least a while, and for some time in Philadelphia.

Linebacker Eric Kendricks (113 tackles), defensive backs Harrison Smith (78 Tackles) and Andrew Sendejo (80 tackles) are always hungry for the ball and those numbers show that. This is good news for the Vikings. Now, they'll get another crack at it, this time with Nick Foles under center.

The Vikings will return their key players on defense next season, but no one can guarantee the type of health that unit had for nearly all of 2017.

But those things didn't happen on Sunday night. The offense had its way with one of the NFL's top units, while the defense found its footing and shut down a prolific passing game after a shaky opening drive. The Vikings and team-of-destiny were being mentioned in the same breath on a daily basis. He has already won more than any quarterback in National Football League history. The team will have to decide between Keenum, Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater.

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