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NFC Championship Pre-Gamin’: Vikings at Eagles – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

Believe it or not, this scenario is still quite possible for Alshon Jeffery:

And a tip of the cap to Michael for wondering whether the Bears were part of the “we” Jeffery referred to in what turned out to be his last game with Chicago. For Jeffery and the Bears Eagles to reach the Super Bowl, they will need a better offensive showing than what was shown against the Falcons and a similar defensive outing.

The Falcons looked to have their act together after eliminating the Rams on Wild-Card Weekend. That didn’t last long as Atlanta was limited to 10 points and denied of what could have been a game-winning touchdown on the final drive because of a stifling Philadelphia defense. Meanwhile, the Eagles offense scored just enough to sneak into the NFC title game.

If not for one poorly timed blown coverage, the Eagles would be hosting the Saints and not the Vikings on championship weekend. Alas, Minnesota rode the wave of Stefon Diggs’ exhilarating walk-off touchdown all the way to a championship-game showdown against Philadelphia.

The Vikings and Eagles both had defenses that ranked in the top four in yards and points allowed, but the offenses that ranked in the top-10 didn’t look the part in the divisional round. Perhaps the under 39 could be the day’s safest play if you’re looking to add a little spice to your evening viewing.

Game Info

Minnesota Vikings (13-3, 1st NFC North) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-3, 1st NFC East) – 5:40 p.m., FOX-TV (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews), WSCR-AM 670/Westwood One (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Ross Tucker)

Site: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

Referee: Ed Hochuli

Odds: Vikings (-3.5), Over/Under 39 via Bovada.

Game Thread

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. And hopefully, we can do this one day with the Bears playing for the right to go to the Super Bowl.

Coaches

Doug Pederson (20-12 overall, 1-0 playoffs) vs. Mike Zimmer (39-25 overall, 1-1 playoffs)

Starting Quarterbacks

Eagles: Nick Foles: 537 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 56.4 completion percentage, 76.7 rating

versus

Vikings: Case Keenum: 3,547 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 67.6 completion percentage, 98.3

The Trophy

Eagles Expected Offensive Starters

  • QB Nick Foles
  • RB LeGarrette Blount
  • WR Alshon Jeffery
  • WR Nelson Agholor
  • WR Torrey Smith
  • TE Zach Ertz
  • LT Halapoulivaati Vaitai
  • LG Stefen Wisniewski
  • C Jason Kelce
  • RG Brandon Brooks
  • RT Lane Johnson

Eagles Expected Defensive Starters

  • DE Vinny Curry
  • DT Tim Jernigan
  • DT Fletcher Cox
  • DE Brandon Graham
  • OLB Mychal Kendricks
  • MLB Dannell Ellerbe
  • OLB Nigel Bradham
  • CB Jalen Mills
  • CB Ronald Darby
  • S Rodney McLeod
  • S Malcolm Jenkins

Eagles Specialists

  • Jake Elliott (kicker), Donnie Jones (punter, holder), Kenjon Barner (punt returner), Kenjon Barner, Corey Clement (kick returns), Rick Lovato (long snapper)

Vikings Offense Expected Starters:

  • QB Case Keenum
  • RB Latavius Murray
  • FB C.J. Ham
  • WR Adam Thielen
  • WR Stefon Diggs
  • TE Kyle Rudolph
  • LT Riley Reiff
  • LG Jeremiah Sirles
  • C Pat Elflein
  • RG Joe Berger
  • RT Mike Remmers

Vikings Defense Expected Starters:

  • LDE Danielle Hunter
  • DT Tom Johnson
  • NT Linval Joseph
  • RDE Everson Griffen
  • WLB Ben Gedeon
  • MLB Eric Kendricks
  • SLB Anthony Barr
  • LCB Trae Waynes
  • RCB Xavier Rhodes
  • FS Harrison Smith
  • SS Andrew Sendejo

Vikings Specialists:

  • Kai Forbath (kicker), Ryan Quigley (punter), Kevin McDermott (long snapper), Marcus Sherels, Jerick McKinnon (kick return), Marcus Sherels (punt return)

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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at The Ten-Yard Line, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.