MINNEAPOLIS – "Bring it home" has been the Vikings slogan for the playoffs, which speaks to the franchise's opportunity to be the first team to play in a Super Bowl at home. It turns from a catchy slogan in putting towels to a goal on Sunday, when the Vikings travel to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship.
The winner will represent the conference at Super Bowl LII at the Bank of the USA Stadium. UU In Minneapolis. If the Vikings need any additional incentive, the opportunity to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in front of their strident fanatics should provide it.
"That's the plan," said broker Latavius Murray. "We've known all year, but we know we can not look forward, we have to deal with one game at a time: the divisional playoffs and now the NFC Championship, I'm excited for the opportunity."
The Vikings have the opportunity to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1976 season thanks to what is called "The Miracle of Minneapolis" – 61-yard touchdown catch by Stefon Diggs – and-running on the play end of the Vikings' 29-24 victory over the Saints on Sunday at US Bank Stadium.
Do not blame the Vikings if it takes a couple of days to get down from cloud nine after an exciting victory.
"Sometimes, you should be able to celebrate an incredible play like this," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "This team is pretty well ingrained, they'll go back to what they do, they know we're going to have a difficult task in Philadelphia, the last time we played there, we did not play as well."
The Vikings were five games unbeaten in the 2016 season when they traveled to Philadelphia. They were defeated 21-10 when the Eagles took advantage of a 98-yard kick return by Josh Huff and four fumbles by the Vikings to reach a 21-3 lead that was never challenged. The Vikings were also watching when the Eagles, seeded, beat the Falcons 15-10 on Saturday in the NFC's other divisional game.
"They run a lot, they have a good body of receivers, corridors and a great defense," said cornerback Xavier Rhodes. "We'll have to go there and play hard."
"We know how difficult the atmosphere will be," said running back Jerick McKinnon. "We're going to really enjoy [beating the Saints] but we have to put everything together because it's going to be a difficult week [this]."
It will be difficult to shake the confidence of the Vikings. after taking out a game like they did on Sunday. They were down 24-23 with 10 seconds left and 39 in their own yard when Diggs caught a pass, made a defender miss and ran intact into the end zone. The state of Minnesota is still celebrating.
"We have a lot of faith in this wardrobe," said wide receiver Adam Thielen. "We know nobody's going to give up and nobody's going to give up, we know we have to fight to the end, and I think that's something that Coach Zimmer taught us a long time ago when he came here. your hands, you do not know what's going to happen, we just take the opportunity. "
Stefon Diggs is a well-known name now, and the highlight of its capture is going viral. The shirts are now on sale and represent their famous fishing. Diggs will not shy away from the spotlight, but he knows that "Bring him home" is not complete yet.
"We're going to Philadelphia, but I do not care where we play," he said. "I'm glad we have another chance to put something good on the tape, clean up the mistakes and go out and do what we have to do to win, I do not care how we do it, I just want to win."
Also Zimmer, who is in his fourth season as head coach of the Vikings.
"Having the opportunity to play in the NFC Championship game is pretty good," he said.