The Backup vs. the Legend: Super Bowl Is Set

Tom Brady and the Patriots against Nick Foles and the Eagles
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 21, 2018 5:20 PM CST
Updated Jan 21, 2018 8:55 PM CST
Brady, Patriots Returning to the Super Bowl
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown by running back James White during the second half.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(Newser) – Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles made big play after big play Sunday night, winning the NFC title in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings. Next up: the Eagles' first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New England. Foles was on fire, throwing for 352 yards in a performance that might make the Philadelphia faithful miss injured Carson Wentz a whole lot less, per the AP.

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In the earlier game, Tom Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship. Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand, showed no signs of being hampered, reports the AP. Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots. The Jaguars led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold off the defending champions. (Read more New England Patriots stories.)

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