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MINNEAPOLIS—Tom who? For that matter, Carson who? At least for now. In a Super Bowl in which it was expected the greatest quarterback in NFL history was going to outshine the career journeyman, it was the journeyman who outshined the GOAT. And pretty much everybody else, including Pink and Justin Timberlake. Nick Foles, welcome to immortality. Not only was he every bit the passer of Tom Brady on this day, Foles also showed he's the better receiver. "Just another game," Foles deadpanned afterward.
ST PAUL—If Minnesota Vikings fans were looking to Carson Wentz for help, they're not going to get it. Many fans who traveled to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and the Eagles a couple of weeks ago were appalled—and often frightened—by the behavior of some Eagles fans. Asked about the topic at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29, Wentz acknowledged some over-the-top behavior occurred but defended Eagles fans as passionate. "Rabid" might be a better word, but you get the drift.
ST. PAUL—It only got a little weird during Carson Wentz's interview session at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29. Seated a few rows into the Xcel Energy Center's stands so he could rest his injured left knee, Wentz fielded questions from Fargo reporters and a handful of national types who spotted the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback among the zoo the NFL runs prior to the big game.
PHILADELPHIA—Carson Wentz isn't talking to the media while he rehabilitates his injured left knee, but that didn't stop the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback from celebrating a trip to the Super Bowl. Wentz was in the mass of bodies on the field and in the celebratory locker room afterward—using a cane for support—after the Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 Sunday night, Jan. 21, in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are headed to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 4.
PHILADELPHIA—Miracles are fleeting, apparently, easily crushed by the weight of history and the overcooked expectations of a long-suffering fan base. That, and a better team. Give the Philadelphia Eagles credit. They outplayed the Minnesota Vikings in every aspect of the NFC Championship Sunday night, Jan. 21—and they waited until they had an insurmountable lead in the fourth quarter before leading their fans in a mocking Skol chant.
PHILADELPHIA — Eric Naatz might be the outlier in this city—a Minnesota Vikings fan who got harassed by Philadelphia Eagles fans. Naatz is a Wheaton, Minnesota, native who played college football at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the late 1980s and graduated from North Dakota State University. He was walking down Market Street downtown near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in his purple Vikings hoodie on Saturday, Jan. 20, when a car passed and the passenger rolled down a window to deliver a succinct message.
PHILADELPHIA—Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum had the most colorful line in the run-up to the NFC Championship game, delivered in a style as dry as a saltine cracker. "I know this is what you guys predicted back in the day, a Foles versus Keenum NFC Championship," Keenum said. "So good job to all you guys who predicted that."
MINNEAPOLIS — That was for Drew Pearson's Hail Mary. And Gary Anderson's wide left. And Brett Favre's interception. And Blair Walsh's shank. And the four Super Bowls. Of course, those four awful losses. That was for you, Minnesota Vikings fans. You got one. You finally got one. How does it feel?
Yes, this might be the year. Case Keenum or not, this could be the year the Minnesota Vikings win it all. Or, more likely given their history, it could be another year when the team rips out the hearts of its fans and crushes their souls, leaving purple-wearing heaps sobbing by the side of the road—just like it has for the past 56 years. Happy Sunday!
MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Thielen didn't say anything to Teddy Bridgewater after the Minnesota Vikings quarterback saw his first NFL action in almost 16 months. It's not that the receiver from Detroit Lakes, Minn., didn't want to. It's that he couldn't. "I couldn't talk to him because I was too emotional," Thielen said in a jubilant Vikings locker room Sunday afternoon. "I would have lost it if I would have talked to him. I tried to just hold it in." Thielen sounded more choked up about the special moment than Bridgewater himself.