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Vikings undone by Eagles' turnover-inducing pass rush

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson

The Vikings knew they would have problems with the Eagles’ defensive line. But problems turned into a nightmares in the first half as the pressure on Case Keenum resulted in two turnovers for the Vikings and two scores for the Eagles, who took off with a 24-7 halftime lead.

First, Chris Long rips his way wide around right tackle Rashod Hill to hit Keenum on the arm as he released his pass. Patrick Robinson picked off the fluttering football and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to the tie game, 7-7.

Keenum later was smacked by Derek Barnett after tight end David Morgan whiffed on a block that let Barnett run free. The stripped ball was recovered by Long and set up a seven-play, 76-yard drive capped by a 53-yard deep ball to Alshon Jeffery.

Ironically, it was Barnett drafted in the first round with the pick the Eagles got from the Vikings in the Sam Bradford trade.

The Eagles finished the half with a 38-yard field goal to extend the lead, 24-7.

Bridgewater inactive for Vikings in NFC Championship Game

As the Vikings try to advance to Super Bowl LII with a win in the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Teddy Bridgewater will again not be in uniform.

Bridgewater is inactive for the second consecutive game, sitting out the game as the Vikings go with Sam Bradford to back up Case Keenum. Bradford, whom the Vikings acquired from Philadelphia last September, completed 24 of his 41 passes for 224 yards, a touchdown and an interception, while fumbling four times and losing two of them, in the Vikings’ 21-10 loss to the Eagles last October.

The Vikings again, though, made a decision that suggests they’re more comfortable with Bradford than Bridgewater, should Keenum get injured or become ineffective with their season on the line. That’s not necessarily an indication Bridgewater’s days in Minnesota are numbered, especially when Bradford is also about to become a free agent and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is set to become the New York Giants’ next head coach. But the team’s confidence in Bridgewater is certainly an open question going forward.

Adam Thielen is active for the game, but as Thielen deals with low back issues, the Vikings have rookie Stacey Coley on their active roster for just the fifth time this season.

Here is the Vikings’ full list of inactives for the NFC Championship Game:

QB Teddy Bridgewater

QB Kyle Sloter

DT Shamar Stephen

RB Mack Brown

G Danny Isidora

RB Mack Brown

DE Tashawn Bower

C Cornelius Edison

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