Is it possible Eagles fans have suffered more than Vikings fans?

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson looks on during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers at Stub Hub Center

Is it possible Eagles fans have suffered more than Vikings fans?

Case Keenum's ability to make plays outside the pocket and create on the fly has created some of the best moments of the Minnesota Vikings' season.

Of course, Vikings fans could imagine one scenario by which they'd gladly concede the Eagles have a more tortured fan base: the Vikings winning Sunday's NFC title game in Philadelphia on the way to a Super Bowl win in their home stadium.

The Minnesota Vikings are going to be a tougher match up than the Atlanta Falcons but the Eagles have a huge momentum twist in their corner.

Sunday's game was my first missed playoff game since I started working in 1978. Quarterback Nick Foles faked a pitch to a running back and gave the ball to wide receiver Nelson Agholor on an inside handoff, which left Atlanta's defense fooled and Agholor with space to run. Minnesota is perhaps the best team the Eagles will face at this point of the season. His catch-and-run for a 61-yard game-winning touchdown over the Saints with no time remaining will live forever in National Football League lore. Keenum's interception led to a touchdown drive for the Saints, narrowing the Saints' deficit to three.

As eveyone knows, the Vikings earned an even more incredible victory. Nobody realized at the time but that was an important score as this not only shifted momentum towards the Eagles favor but also proved that they can move the ball against this defense.

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Saints fans were still reeling after the game that kept them on the edge of their seats. However, in the Vikings' week four loss to the Detroit Lions, Cook suffered a torn ACL, which ended his season. At the same time, however, they're undoubtedly wishing they were the ones playing on Sunday, not watching from home. McKinnon added 34 yards on eight carries, 4.2 yards per rush, and one touchdown.

This was definitely an uncommon case in the Vikings game, but unusual things happen from time to time. Setting aside any quibble about their exact place in the hierarchy of impactful events from that game, let's focus instead on the ties that bind them: (1) they both came on third down, and, (2) in the counterfactual world where the Eagles failed to convert, there's a decent chance that the Falcons are still alive and the writer of this story is in search of a column at a Phillies winter banquet in Reading.

"You always want to be aggressive", Foles said. "Then out of nowhere the most unexpected play in Vikings history occurs at a time where there wasn't any reason to think that could have occurred".

Both teams have quarterbacks who aren't accustomed to being in this spot.

Diggs was supposed to go out of bounds if Case Keenum threw his way on the play dubbed "Seven Heaven", although in countless rehearsals at practice never did the pass go to the deep receiver, according to teammate Jarius Wright.

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With two Pro-Bowlers and two All-Pros in 2017 along the offensive line, the Eagles are have the better group of blockers. Just build on the lessons from Saturday and if the players can maintain their style of play there is no doubt that this team will be representing the NFC for the Super Bowl.

"It's 'Congratulations, we're moving on, ' " tight end Kyle Rudolph said of the message. Nick Foles threw a pass over the middle that should have been intercepted by Keanu Neal, who leaped in the air.

1 defense in total yards allowed, total yards per game and points allowed per game. Tackles Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan, safety Brian Dawkins played their last games as Eagles and it was the last game for defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who died six months later.

As an early 100th birthday present, Phil's family is taking him to Sunday's NFC Championship game at the Linc.

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