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
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
Antonio Brown was one of four repeaters from last season on The Associated Press 2017 NFL All-Pro Team, and the only unanimous choice. The brilliant wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers drew all 50 ballots Friday from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. He was among four players to make a fourth All-Pro squad, joining New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly and Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker. The repeaters from 2016
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.