"We're 13-3 and have the best record in football, we've got home-field advantage throughout".
The Vikings and Eagles are here because they have stockpiled depth through five straight drafts and made savvy free-agent forays to fill the remaining personnel holes. "If he slipped, then I was going to try to stay up and keep it going".
The Vikings are on their way to the title game after stunning the Saints and themselves.
I'm sure you guys have seen the insane Eagles dog masks all over the internet by now. The forecasted high temperature in Philadelphia on Sunday is a balmy 51, while the expected low is just 38.
The quarterbacks in this game are interesting more than just because they were backups earlier in the season. This will be his third stint with the Eagles, as he previously served as the teamâs quarterbacks coach (2011-12) and offensive quality control coach (2009-10), and played quarterback for the team in 1999. Spending 32 seasons in the Metrodome will do that to a team.
Some specifics: The 2013 Vikings, the last team to play in the Dome, were winless in outdoor road games that season. Since losing Cook - who was averaging 4.8 yards per carry - the Vikings have not been able to sustain a running game. Even the juggernaut 2009 Vikings had a huge split.
At the end of that drive, the Eagles had a fourth-and-1 from the 3-yard line and were poised to run it. Indoor teams have often struggled when having to play in the elements. Mike Zimmer blamed himself for becoming predictable. Sure, the argument can be made that Pederson has much better talent to work with over some of these other teams, but as mentioned before, seeing Philadelphia finding ways to compete despite all of their key injuries shows how great of a head coach he truly is. Philadelphia was the first No. 1 seed in league history not favored to win its first playoff game.
After the game, both Saints and Vikings fans were left speechless from the historic finish.
"It's a scheme that just - they just basically say, 'Hey, line up and try to come after us, try to beat us.' That's what you see on tape, and it's a daunting task for us this week".
Pederson, along with offensive coordinator Frank Reich, put together a masterly game plan to win against Atlanta.
Gase is 16-17 in two seasons in Miami. They also allowed 30 in that win at Washington against Kirk Cousins.
Teams with the right balance cannot only win regardless of who they have playing the most important position in sport, they have also shown that they can provide one of the most thrilling days of play-off football that the NFL has ever seen.
The two Eagles players were out to lunch last week, smarting that they were 2.5-point home 'dogs in the divisional round, so Johnson said they found the latex German Shepherd masks on Amazon, stashed them on the sideline and pulled them on after they won.
But there's a reason the Vikings are favored in this game.
"I was flying in here [Dulles Airport] and got a chance to catch the very end of the Jaguars game and got to the hotel and watched the end of the Vikings game when that [Diggs] play happened at the end, and right away I tweeted out that I saw that plenty of times before, just another day at the office for him, something like that".