Eagles set up Super Bowl date with Patriots after crushing Vikings

Nick Foles was on fire on Sunday night against the stingiest scoring defense in the NFL. Philadelphia Eagles made big play after big play on both sides of the ball in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings for the NFC championship.

Next up after their most-lopsided playoff victory: the Eagles’ first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New England. The Eagles will seek their first Super Bowl crown in Minnesota on 4 February; their last championship came in 1960.

Minnesota made it look easy at the outset, driving 75 yards on nine plays, each of which gained yardage. The payoff was a 25-yard throw from Case Keenum to Kyle Rudolph well behind linebacker Najee Goode as Philadelphia’s defense looked confused on the play.

Philly’s Ronald Darby forced a three-and-out, the Foles led the Eagles on a 12-play, 75-yard masterpiece of a drive. LeGarrette Blount showed all his power and escapability on an 11-yard surge up the middle for a 14-7 lead.

On third down from the Eagles 15, Keenum was blindsided by Derek Barnett, and the ball bounced to Long. It was only the second strip-sack the Vikings have been victimized by all season.

A blown coverage another rarity for Minnesota on third-and-10 allowed Alshon Jeffery to get wide open for a 53-yard TD, and Philadelphia tacked on Elliott’s 38-yard field goal to make it 24-3 at halftime.