"There's this push and pull of, 'We're a team of destiny, this is our year, '" Birk said.
And what about the reports earlier in the week of the local travel agents warning Vikings fans about the Eagles fans, and the Philadelphia police warning businesses to lock up their stores after the game? When you donate to United Way, you could score 2 club-level seats to watch the PATRIOTS vs. the VIKINGS battle it out for the coveted Super Bowl title! In those nine games, he has 45 receptions, 685 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. As gaudy as those numbers are, his game history is quite the roller coaster.
Fulda said they have to ensure they have extra food on hand to be able to provide those specials when there's a full house because of a Vikings game.
Keenum, 9-15 as a starter before joining the Vikings, followed his breakout season by leading Minnesota to an improbable comeback win against the Saints, tossing a 61-yard TD pass to Stefon Diggs as time expired. The Vikings, who finished the regular season with the NFL's No. 1 defense, understand the difference it can make in the game if they find a way to affect Foles. Since then, they've lost four title games, three of which were lost in the final minute or in overtime.
On the flip side the match up between Case Keenum and the Eagles defense should be as essential to this game as the Eagles defense has a huge confidence boost holding Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons to just ten points.
"I wanted to retire from the National Football League, and I really struggled", Foles said. Head coach Doug Pederson has been studying film of Jeffery's games versus the Vikings, with his matchup versus cornerback Xavier Rhodes in particular. "You'd love to sit here and go, 'Yeah, in the summer, (I thought we were) going to be 13-3 and win the NFC East.' You'd love to be in that situation, or 16-0, or whatever it might be". Does it apply to this game? I think [Rhodes] is a much better player. It's going to be another great match-up again Sunday evening.
The first step toward ending that drought will take place on Sunday when the two teams meet in Philadelphia with a trip to Super Bowl LII on the line. Baltimore's D held opponents to a total of 23 points in those four playoff games, including just 7 by the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
Defensive end Brandon Graham recognizes this and says the defense does as well.
Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer referenced the opening sequence of last Sunday's game as a flawless example of what can happen when the special teams unit is firing on all cylinders. However, right tackle Rashad Hill had the roughest day of them all. Hill will be tasked with blocking defensive end Brandon Graham, who had 60 pressure on the quarterback this year.
Take the lifelong Vikings fan, for example, who bought two upper-level tickets at $5,000 a pop from Ticket King this week.