NFC championship game at 5:40 p.m. today at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. TV: Fox (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). Radio: WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM). Line: Vikings by 3. Over/under: 38½. Record against spread: Minnesota 12-4-1, Philadelphia 11-5-1. Series record: Tied 13-13. Last meeting: Eagles beat Vikings 21-10 on Oct. 23, 2016. Last week: Vikings beat Saints 29-24; Eagles beat Falcons 15-10. AP Pro 32 ranking: Vikings No. 2, Eagles No. 5. Vikings offense (NFL ranking): Overall
PHILADELPHIA — One team has a suffocating defense. The other has the NFL’s No. 1 unit. Defense should win at least the NFC championship. Two of the league’s elite defenses go at it today when the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the conference title game. “They have a great defense, we have a great defense,” Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said. “Whoever is most complete will win.” The Vikings allowed the fewest yards
MINNEAPOLIS — There wasn’t much left for Case Keenum to do but to fling the ball deep and hope for a miracle. Miracle answered. Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play, and Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans and send the Vikings to the NFC championship game, with one more win needed to become a first-time Super Bowl host. Drew Brees had driven the Saints in
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — No team in the NFL this season allowed fewer points or yards than the Minnesota Vikings, putting them in better position than any of their competitors to prove that old “defense wins championships” adage to be true. For the first time since the famed Purple People Eaters defensive line played in, and lost, four Super Bowls throughout the 1970s, the Vikings have a legitimate title contender with a dominant defense as the backbone. “These last few
7:30 p.m. today at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth).Radio: WBIZ (100.7-FM, 98.7-FM, 1400-AM, Packers broadcast), WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM, Vikings broadcast). Line: Vikings by 9. Over/under: 41. Record against spread: Vikings 10-4, Packers 7-7. Series record: Packers lead 60-51-2. Lastmeeting: Vikings beat Packers 23-10 on Oct. 15. Last week: Vikings beat Bengals 34-7; Packers lost to Panthers 31-24. AP Pro32 ranking:Vikings No. 3, Packers No. 18.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings returned home from Carolina as a defeated team for the first time in 10 weeks, carrying with them a long list of cringe-worthy and uncharacteristic blunders that contributed to the loss. The outcome, though, could actually work in their favor. With all that postseason capital built up over the eight-game winning streak, the Vikings had a margin for the error they exhibited Sunday while being beaten by the Panthers 31-24 . Provided they can
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Case Keenum’s improbable season has the Minnesota Vikings thinking playoffs. Keenum entered the league as an undrafted rookie in 2012, one year after Cam Newton made a splash as the No. 1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers. While the two quarterbacks have taken dramatically different paths, it is Keenum who has the Vikings positioned to win the NFC North — and perhaps even earn homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Vikings (10-2) can clinch
Noon today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo). Radio: WMEQ (106.3-FM, 880-AM). Line: Vikings by 2½. Over/under: 40½. Record against spread: Minnesota 9-4, Carolina 8-4. Series record: Vikings lead 8-5. Last meeting: Vikings beat Panthers 22-10 on Sept. 25, 2016. Last week: Vikings beat Falcons 14-9; Panthers lost to Saints 31-21. AP Pro32 rankings: Vikings No. 2, Panthers No. 8. Vikings offense (NFL rankings): Overall 5, rush 6, pass