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The victor of the NFL Championship game will face either the New England Patriots or the Jacksonville Jaguars at Super Bowl 52 on February 4. But the Vikings represent a much tougher challenge. They range from fan apathy about national anthem protests from players to a poor product on the field due to injuries suffered by star quarterbacks to never knowing what is a catch or isn't. And in the regular season, one of the ways teams were able to limit Minnesota's offense was by putting pressure on Keenum.

Alongside Vikings fans, at their team's hotel, a few Eagles fans stopped by to let them know they came for nothing. Here are three reasons how the Eagles and Vikings share similarities.

Case Keenum is the hot topic on the market for every reporter now and should be rightfully so. The Vikings possess the league's top defense and scoring defense, and they've already taken down an all-time quarterback in Drew Brees.

Can the Vikings get it done on the road? This weekend is do or die for Keenum. He didn't turn the ball over, had a high completion rate and still managed to throw for just under 250 yards.

Nick Foles and Case Keenum have stepped up big time at quarterback.

These are two squads that are, as now constituted, defense-centric.

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They kept a clean sheet in wins at Burnley and Swansea too, so should be able to keep the Saints' weak attack at bay. Southampton and Tottenham played out a 1-all draw in an English Premier League match this morning.

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The 33-year-old had the first set in lockdown, hardly making any errors and striking the ball with ideal timing. The second set gave him scope to recover and, after 45 minutes of tighter control, he was back in the match.

"[That play is] probably going to go down as the third best moment in my life - behind giving my life to Jesus Christ, marrying my wife ... and this one's right there close", Keenum shared in a live interview right after the game on Fox Sports. But there is one weakness that made an appearance last week against New Orleans that will keep a QB in the backup role.

The Vikings have an edge against everybody when it comes to defense. Foles has not been a world-beater and his first half against the Falcons included some plays that could be defined as lucky.

The Eagles boast a tremendous stable of running backs, with Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement being the main figures. This is no easy task going up against an outstanding run defense led by Linval Joseph. The only problem is that the Minnesota corners are a lot better in one on one situations than the Falcons corners are. Their opponent on Sunday will be the Minnesota Vikings, who matched the Eagles with a 13-3 record in 2017, but the Eagles held the tie-breaker.

No fancy endings this week; just a hard-fought football game between two great teams. This indicates just how talented and well-coached they are to have gotten to the conference title game.

Told that the Vikings believe they have the best defense in all the land, if not the universe and beyond, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham laughed, figuratively bit his tongue as most present-day athletes are taught so well to do, and said: "If they think that, that's good for them".

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