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MINNEAPOLIS—Tom who? For that matter, Carson who? At least for now. In a Super Bowl in which it was expected the greatest quarterback in NFL history was going to outshine the career journeyman, it was the journeyman who outshined the GOAT. And pretty much everybody else, including Pink and Justin Timberlake. Nick Foles, welcome to immortality. Not only was he every bit the passer of Tom Brady on this day, Foles also showed he's the better receiver. "Just another game," Foles deadpanned afterward.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minneapolis Convention Center provided shelter from reality Saturday, Feb. 3 while a real Minnesota winter raged outside. Just enough snow fell to make streets and sidewalks slick, slushy and dangerous. The Nicollet Mall a few blocks away featured ice sculptures and wind-blown streets that had people bundling and grumbling. And the traffic around the Twin Cities with the weather the way it was? Don't ask.
If Minnesota Vikings fans were looking to Carson Wentz for help, they're not going to get it. Many fans who traveled to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and the Eagles a couple of weeks ago were appalled — and often frightened — by the behavior of some Eagles fans. Asked about the topic at Super Bowl media day Monday, Jan. 29, Wentz acknowledged some over-the-top behavior occurred but defended Eagles fans as passionate. "Rabid" might be a better word, but you get the drift.
PHILADELPHIA—Miracles are fleeting, apparently, easily crushed by the weight of history and the overcooked expectations of a long-suffering fan base. That, and a better team. Give the Philadelphia Eagles credit. They outplayed the Minnesota Vikings in every aspect of the NFC Championship Sunday night, Jan. 21—and they waited until they had an insurmountable lead in the fourth quarter before leading their fans in a mocking Skol chant.
PHILADELPHIA — Eric Naatz might be the outlier in this city—a Minnesota Vikings fan who got harassed by Philadelphia Eagles fans. Naatz is a Wheaton, Minnesota, native who played college football at Minnesota State University Moorhead in the late 1980s and graduated from North Dakota State University. He was walking down Market Street downtown near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in his purple Vikings hoodie on Saturday, Jan. 20, when a car passed and the passenger rolled down a window to deliver a succinct message.
MINNEAPOLIS — That was for Drew Pearson's Hail Mary. And Gary Anderson's wide left. And Brett Favre's interception. And Blair Walsh's shank. And the four Super Bowls. Of course, those four awful losses. That was for you, Minnesota Vikings fans. You got one. You finally got one. How does it feel?