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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

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Let's take a look at how Eagles fans celebrated Sunday's NFC Championship win

Eagles fans are known for a lot of things, most tend to not be very positive.

Sunday, the internet made sure to help us all keep track of what was going on in Philly, before, during, and after the Eagles and Vikings played for the NFC Championship.

Let's take a look at how things progressed in the City of Brotherly Love.

In what has become the iconic symbol of Sunday's "celebrations", this poor fellow, according to TMZ, Andrew Tornetta, refused to comply with orders to disperse by police in the parking lot before the game.

Instead, according to the report, Tornetta punched a police horse twice in the right shoulder and then hit the human officer in the face, which is always a terrible decision.

Oh, and it's the second time in two weeks a police horse took a fist from a human in Philly. 

Fans also welcomed anyone wearing Vikings colors with class and, well, brotherly love.

Also before the game, the city decided to be proactive, and keep fans from climbing light poles if the Eagles won.

Of course, we knew what wouldn't stop them.

Sure enough, some fans were up to the Crisco Pole Challenge.

Others though, didn't need grease to have issues with a pole.

Some decided to create a new dance, which we're sure will catch on any day now.

There was also the classic dance-on-a-car move.

Oh, and let's not forget them letting the Vikings know they played a great game. 

Forget the Patriots and Eagles playing eachother in the Super Bowl.

The real matchup, is Patriots fans and Eagles fans.

May the best fanbase win.

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Former Terp Stefon Diggs plays hero in Vikings' miracle playoff win


Former Terp Stefon Diggs plays hero in Vikings' miracle playoff win

MINNEAPOLIS -- There wasn't much left for Case Keenum to do but to fling the ball deep and hope for a miracle.

Miracle answered.

Keenum completed a last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game's final play, and Stefon Diggs slithered away for a 61-yard touchdown to give Minnesota a 29-24 victory over New Orleans and send the Vikings to the NFC championship game, with one more win needed to become a first-time Super Bowl host.

Drew Brees had driven the Saints in position for Wil Lutz's go-ahead 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining, punctuating a steely rally from a 17-point deficit that stood until 1:16 was left in the third quarter.

The Vikings were out of timeouts and nearly out of options when Keenum dropped back with 10 seconds to go from his 39 and threw high into a crowd. Diggs jumped in front of Marcus Williams, who rolled awkwardly underneath Diggs during an ill-fated attempt at a tackle.

Diggs held his ground, kept his feet in bounds and raced untouched into the end zone as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium erupted.


"I'm just thankful," Diggs said. "They count us out all the time. Nobody thinking we can do it. This game was over. I don't stop playing till the clock hit zero. That's it."

This wasn't quite Franco Harris and the Immaculate Reception for Pittsburgh in the 1972 playoffs, but these Vikings are on some kind of special path. They finished 13-3 during the regular season, giving the career backup Keenum the keys to the offense after Sam Bradford went down with a knee injury after the opener.

The Vikings will play at Philadelphia next weekend, after Jacksonville takes on New England for the AFC title. The Super Bowl is in Minnesota two weeks later.

"A heck of a game, wasn't it?" coach Mike Zimmer said. "And the good guys won."

Now the Vikings have spun an unprecedented scenario in NFL history. Next weekend, instead of the usual win-or-go-home stakes, they're in a win-and-go-home situation with the Super Bowl set for Feb. 4 under the reverberating translucent roof of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Though only defensive end Brian Robison remains from the 2009 team that lost in overtime of the NFC championship game at New Orleans, the Vikings exacted some revenge on Brees and the Saints, at least for their long-frustrated fans.

They put them through quite the emotional finish to complete it.

Brees connected with Michael Thomas for two of his three touchdown passes in a span of 3:09 of the second half. The first score came after a 12-play, 80-yard drive. The second was set up at the Minnesota 40 by an interception by Williams after an off-balance throw by Keenum, his one costly moment of either inexperience or recklessness.

When George Johnson blocked Ryan Quigley's punt, the Saints took over at the Vikings 40. Four plays later, rookie Alvin Kamara, whose breakout was a major factor in the team's NFC South title and breakthrough from three straight 7-9 finishes, caught a 14-yard pass from Brees for a 21-20 lead with 3:01 left.

Forbath's 53-yard field goal, his third make of the evening against his former team, gave the Vikings their lead back with 1:29 left. That was more than enough time for Brees, the sure-bet Hall of Famer with a Super Bowl ring and all kinds of records.

But after Brees got Lutz in position, there were just enough seconds remaining for Keenum -- the undrafted and undersized all-time leading passer in NCAA history at Houston whose first career playoff start ended in spectacular fashion. He finished with 318 yards, going 25 for 40, with Diggs catching 137 yards on six catches.

"This will take a while to get over," said Payton, who fell to 1-5 on the road in playoff games.

Brees saw his 13th career postseason game end in a crushing final moment, his 25-for-40 performance for 294 yards tainted a bit by two interceptions before halftime. One came on a leaping grab by safety Andrew Sendejo, the other off a tip by Everson Griffen that landed in Anthony Barr's arms at the Minnesota 10-yard line midway through the third quarter.

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NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Bracket has everything but clarity; seeding, schedule, clinching scenarios


NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Bracket has everything but clarity; seeding, schedule, clinching scenarios

The NFC Playoff picture entering Week 16 has a little bit of everything but clarity.

After the top five teams, which are still wide-open in terms of positioning, the race for the final Wild Card spot is a four-man race.

Let's start with the basics in the NFC:

This week we saw the Minnesota Vikings (11-3) clinch the NFC North making two teams officially in the playoffs in the NFC. Additionally, the Philadelphia Eagles (12-2) will now have a first-round bye as one of the top two teams in the conference.

On the flip side, the Arizona Cardinals (6-8) were eliminated with their loss and the Green Bay Packers (7-7) were eliminated with their loss and Atlanta’s win this week.


For the Eagles (12-2), getting a win without Carson Wentz was huge in their preparation for the playoffs; even it was a close one. They now have a first round bye, thanks to their 34-29 win over the New York Giants and are one step closer to securing home-field advantage. A win against the Raiders this weekend, or a loss by the Vikings in Green Bay would do that for Philadelphia.

Minnesota at 11-3 is right behind them, only a game out of first place. They hold the tiebreaker over the Los Angeles Rams (10-4) and New Orleans Saints (10-4) because of early season matchups.  

After that, seeds No. 3-5 are a mess. A loss by the Seattle Seahawks (8-6) or a Rams win clinches the NFC West and either the third or fourth seed for Los Angeles.

For now they are No. 3 but it is a dogfight between New Orleans and the Carolina Panthers (10-4)  for the NFC South division title. The other will likely be the top Wild Card but nothing is set in stone. If both teams were to tie at the end of the year, the Saints would take the division.

Finally, there is some slight separation in the Wild Card race. Carolina’s 31-24 win over Green Bay was a huge relief to the Detriot Lions (8-6), Dallas Cowboys (8-6) and Seahawks,  who are still mathematically alive for the No 6 seed. The 10-4 Carolina Panthers are now just one win away from being in the postseason.

Momentarily the Atlanta Falcons (9-5) hold the final playoff spot and hold a tiebreaker over every team trailing them. With the Saints and Panthers only a game ahead, and Atlanta playing both of them in the final weeks, the Falcons can still make the playoffs. On the flip side, either the Panthers or the Saints can fall out of the playoff picture with two losses as well.

Seattle (8-6), Detroit (8-6) and Dallas (8-6) are not going anywhere quite yet. They both need two losses from the Falcons, Saints, or Panthers in the final two weeks to have a shot. In all likely hood, at least one 10-6 team will miss the playoffs. 

There are now four remaining unclaimed spots in the postseason, with seven teams battling for it.


NFC Playoff Picture Week 16

— y - #1 Philadelphia Eagles* (12-2) vs. BYE
— #2 Minnesota Vikings* (11-3) vs. BYE
— #3 Los Angeles Rams (10-4) vs. #6 Atlanta Falcons (9-5)
— #4 New Orleans Saints (10-4) vs. #5 Carolina Panthers (10-4)

— Seattle Seahawks (8-6)
— Detroit Lions (8-6)
— Dallas Cowboys (8-6)

— Green Bay Packers (7-7)
— Washington Redskins (6-8)
— Arizona Cardinals (6-8)
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10)
— San Francisco 49ers (4-10)
— Chicago Bears (4-10)
— New York Giants (2-12)

*: Clinched Playoff Berth
x: Clinched Division
y: Clinched First Round Bye
z: Clinched homefield advantage

— Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rams, Panthers.
— Vikings own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Rams, Saints, and Falcons
— Rams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints.
— Saints own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Panthers.
— Panthers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings.

— Panthers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lions.
— Falcons own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Lions, Cowboys, and Seahawks.


Week 16 NFC Games With Playoff Implications:

Sat., Dec 23: Vikings at Packers (8:30 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 24: Lions at Bengals (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 24: Rams at Titans (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 24: Falcons at Saints (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 24: Buccaneers at Panthers (1:00 p.m.)
Sun., Dec 24: Seahawks at Cowboys (4:25 p.m.)
Mon., Dec 25: Raiders at Eagles (8:30 p.m.)

NFC Week 16 Clinching Scenarios

Philadelphia clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs:
1) PHI win
2) PHI tie + MIN loss or tie
2) MIN loss

Minnesota clinches first round bye:
1) MIN win + CAR loss or tie
2) MIN tie + LAR loss or tie + NO loss or tie + CAR loss

Los Angeles clinches the NFC West:
1) LAR win or tie
2) SEA loss or tie

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth:
1) DET loss or tie + CAR loss + ATL loss

New Orleans clinches the NFC South:
1) NO win + CAR loss
New Orleans clinches a playoff berth:
1) NO win or tie
2) DAL-SEA tie

Carolina clinches a playoff berth:
1) CAR win or tie
2) DAL-SEA tie

Atlanta clinches a playoff berth:
1) ATL win or tie
2) ATL tie + DAL-SEA tie + DET loss or tie