Foles, Eagles rout Vikings, will face Patriots in Super Bowl
Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns as the Philadelphia Eagles demolished the NFL’s top defense in a 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia.
The Eagles will face the defending champion New England Patriots, who defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC title earlier Sunday, in their first Super Bowl appearance since 2005 — when they lost to the Patriots, 24-21. The game is February 4 in Minneapolis.
Foles, who took over the the injured Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL in Week 14, threw two long scoring passes, including a 53-yarder to Alshon Jeffery that put the Eagles up 21-7 in the second quarter. Foles connected with Torrey Smith for another score on 49-yard flea flicker early in the second half. He capped off his prolific day with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jeffrey to make it 38-7 early in the fourth quarter.
Foles was 10 of 11 for 159 yards and two TDs on third down, including the 53-yarder to Jeffrey.
The Vikings scored with apparent ease on their first possession, but could muster very little offensively the rest of the way. Case Keenum was 28 of 48 with one touchdown, a 25-yard pass to Kyle Rudolph to give Minnesota a 7-0 lead. But he also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson that tied the game 7-7.
It was all Eagles — and a whole lot of Nick Foles — after that.
Jeffrey had five catches for 85 yards and the two scores, and Zach Ertz had eight catches for 85 yards.
Jay Ajayi, a late season pickup from the Miami Dolphins, gained 73 yards on 18 carries. LaGarrette Blount, who helped the Patriots beat the Falcons in last year’s Super Bowl, scored on 11-yard run to give the Eagles a 14-7 lead in the second quarter.
Now, the Eagles, who were underdogs throughout the playoffs despite being the top seed in the NFC, will take on the Patriots, who will attempt to win back-to-back Super Bowls and their sixth overall.