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Messagede hongwei28 » Sam 12 Jan 2019 04:04

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 Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the conference title game.

”They have a great defense Adidas Dustin Brown Jersey , we have a great defense,” Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said. ”Whoever is most complete will win.”

The Vikings allowed the fewest yards (275.9) and fewest points (15.8) per game. The Eagles were fourth in yards allowed (306.5) and fourth in points (18.4).

May the best defense reach the Super Bowl.

”Typically, when you’re good defensively, you’re going to stay in the ballgames,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. ”Then you have a chance to win them at the end.”

Minnesota has three Pro Bowl players on defense: end Everson Griffen, outside linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Safety Harrison Smith and Rhodes are All-Pros.

”It’s just a smothering defense,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. ”(Griffen) is a game wrecker. They just mix it in. You don’t know necessarily what’s coming. Rhodes is a tremendous corner, safeties are playing extremely well.”

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and safety Malcolm Jenkins are Philadelphia’s Pro Bowl picks. Defensive end Brandon Graham had an excellent season and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills are solid.

Hearing about Minnesota’s defense all week is extra motivation for Philadelphia, which is a home underdog for the second straight game.

”When you’ve got the No. 1 defense coming in statistically, obviously, it fires us up,” Cox said. ”We know going into this game that whoever’s defense plays better is going to win the game. The way we’re prepared, we won’t change nothing that we do. We’ll just go out and be ourselves.”

Here are things to watch for in the NFC championship game:

BATTLE OF THE BACKUPS: Case Keenum and Nick Foles were teammates in St. Louis in 2015 and began this season as backups. Keenum had a breakout season for the Vikings after Sam Bradford was injured. Foles is 3-1 since MVP candidate Carson Wentz tore his ACL. Expect defenses to focus on the running backs and challenge the quarterbacks.

”We’ve got to make Nick Foles win the game,” Griffen said. ”We’ve got to make him win the game but we’ve got to stop the running game, affect him and give the ball back to our offense as much as possible so that they can score points.”

OWNING MINNESOTA: Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery has more catches (45), yards (685), and touchdowns (7) against the Vikings than he has against any other team. But Jeffery, who spent his first five seasons with the Bears, did most of his damage against other cornerbacks while also being the featured guy in Chicago’s offense. The Eagles spread the ball around, so Jeffery had only 789 yards receiving, but his nine TDs were the second most in his career. Jeffery, by the way, turned down more money in free agency from Minnesota to join the Eagles on a one-year deal. Philadelphia gave him a four-year, $52 million extension during the season.

BROTHERLY LOVE: The Kendricks family from Northern California is guaranteed to have a son playing linebacker in the Super Bowl. Eric Kendricks is in his third season with the Vikings Adidas Jonathan Quick Jersey , and Mychal is in his sixth year with the Eagles.

Eric had his best season with 136 tackles to lead the team for the third straight time, nine passes defended and one interception return for a touchdown. Mychal was fifth on the Eagles with 72 tackles in 2017, adding two sacks.

Both were second-round draft picks, Eric out of UCLA with the 45th overall selection in 2015 and Mychal from Cal with the 46th overall pick in 2012. Their father, Marvin, was UCLA’s leading rusher in 1970 and 1971 and went on to play in the CFL.

With both teams at the top of the NFC and both defenses at the top of the league all season, the two siblings have traded their share of friendly trash talk along the way. Family members have been known to wear split jerseys to support both players.

”I always make jokes: I feel like my brother gets a little bit of the advantage as far as who the family roots for, because he’s the first born,” Eric said. ”It’s all love, though.”

FIND THEIR FOOTING: The Eagles laid fresh sod between the hash marks this week to help improve the conditions at Lincoln Financial Field. The weather should help, with a dry forecast and expected temperatures in the 40s, but the Vikings have been preparing for the worst.

Zimmer had a video put together of Falcons players sliding and slipping on the field last weekend. Players have been encouraged to try seven-stud cleats in pregame

NOT YET: The Vikings are 0-3 against the Eagles in the postseason. Philadelphia won a wild-card game in Minnesota after the 2008 season and home games in the divisional rounds on the way to Super Bowl appearances following the 1980 and 2004 seasons. Minnesota has not been to the Super Bowl since 1977 and is 0-4 in them.



AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell contributed.



AP NFL website: Not only was the Philadelphia Eagles’ knockout of New England a thrill-a-minute slugfest, it produced some of the biggest calls the Super Bowl has ever seen.

For once, the whistles didn’t go the Patriots’ way, such as Philly’s two second-half touchdowns that survived reviews at the NFL’s league headquarters, including Zach Ertz’s game-winner just before the two-minute warning of the 41-33 thriller.

There was Belichick’s head-scratching decision not to play Super Bowl 49 star Malcolm Butler on defense against a team that would rack up 41 points and Danny Amendola’s incompletion to Tom ”Butterfingers ” Brady on a gadget play that backfired.

”Yeah, I caught it” in practice, Brady said. ”Didn’t catch it tonight.”

That was but one of the Patriots’ early stumbles that put them in catch-up mode.

They flubbed a field goal when Stephen Gostkowski’s holder, punter Ryan Allen, mishandled the snap, and Gostkowski was wide left on an extra point, leaving the Patriots trailing by double digits at halftime.

One reason for Philly’s 22-12 halftime lead was game MVP Nick Foles becoming the first quarterback to throw and catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.

Tight end Trey Burton, a college quarterback, had never thrown an NFL pass Evander Kane Sharks Jersey , and Foles had never caught one until they teamed up on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

It’s not as if the Eagles were perfect. They, too, missed an extra point and also the 2-point conversion on their next touchdown, and coach Doug Pederson’s decision to chase points early on loomed large when Tom Brady put the Patriots ahead 33-32 with his second touchdown strike to Rob Gronkowski with less than 10 minutes remaining.

That’s when the Eagles and offensive coordinator Frank Reich made their best decisions of the game. Foles executed the drive of a lifetime that ended with Ertz diving across the goal line after hauling in an 11-yard catch.

Reminiscent of Jesse James’ score for Pittsburgh against New England that was wiped out on review.

Ertz, whose Super Bowl triumph matched his wife, Julie, who won a world championship in soccer in 2015, lost control as he landed but grabbed the ball. The Eagles and their fans cautiously celebrated while awaiting Al Riveron’s crew in New York, which upheld the score, much to the Patriots’ chagrin.

Amendola, for one, thought it was the right call.

”They called it a catch, three feet down and a football move,” he said. ”I call it a catch.”

Soon afterward, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz made his best call of the game.

Unable to get to Brady all game, the Eagles’ exhausted defenders were finally able to catch their breath during Foles’ 14-play, 75-yard drive that included a fourth down conversion and ate up more than seven minutes of game clock.

”We just couldn’t get off the field on third down or make a play to get the ball back to our offense,” cornerback Stephon Gilmore said.

”We didn’t do a good job of slowing them down,” defensive back Duron Harmon said. ”I mean, we didn’t stop them at all. So, that’s exactly why they are the Super Bowl champs and we’re sitting here in second place.”

Maybe if they had Butler in?

”It doesn’t matter,” declared Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty.

Coach Bill Belichick said he played Eric Rowe in place of Butler for strategic, not disciplinary reasons, but he declined to elaborate on his move that surprised his team just before kickoff.

Rowe Adidas Eric Staal Jersey , himself, said Butler could have certainly helped the Patriots, who became the first team to lose an NFL game with a quarterback throwing for 500 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

”Yeah, we could have used anybody,” he said.

Still, Brady was poised for another of his patented Super Bowl comebacks, hitting Gronk for 8 yards.

But on second-and-2 from his 33, the Eagles finally got to Brady, denying him a sixth ring and a fifth Super Bowl MVP honor.

Brandon Graham delivered one of the few defensive highlights in the most prolific offensive game in NFL history, beating Shaq Mason off the line, reaching his left hand out and punching the ball out of Brady’s hands for a strip-sack. Rookie Derek Barnett pounced on the loose ball and Eagles fans began celebrating their first title since winning the 1960 NFL championship.

Brady had made the late-game comeback a specialty in winning a record five Super Bowl titles, including last year’s rally from 28-3 down to beat Atlanta in overtime. He also led late game-winning scoring drives to beat the Rams, Carolina and Seattle.

The Eagles showed no sign of slowing Brady down on Sunday as he threw for a playoff-record 505 yards and three touchdowns, carving up the defense at will on a night when the Patriots did not punt once or turn it over until Brady’s late fumble.

”It’s tough to lose these games,” Brady said. But ”you can’t win the game if you’re not in the game.”

And Brady and Belichick have been to eight of them.

Eight’s enough, maybe.

Coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels are ready for their own head coaching gigs.

The previous time the Patriots played Philadelphia in the Super Bowl, they hoisted their third trophy in four years. Then, they lost both coordinators and wouldn’t hoist another one for a decade.

Then, there’s the meeting with Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft to smooth things over after a reported falling-out follo
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