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|1/21/2018||Kai Forbath, Min, K|
|Forbath tacked on one PAT.|
|1/21/2018||Jake Elliott, Phi, K|
|Jake Elliott converted his lone field-goal attempt Sunday - a 38-yarder - as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38-7. Elliott tacked on five PATs.|
|1/21/2018||Stefon Diggs, Min, WR|
|Stefon Diggs had eight receptions for 70 yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Analysis: Fresh off a 137-yard output in the divisional round, Diggs had his most catches since Week 3 of the regular season, though most of them were low-yardage checkdowns with Case Keenum struggling to get the ball downfield. The third-year pro also had a four-game TD streak end while finishing with a career-high nine scores including playoffs. While it's unclear who will be the Vikings' starting quarterback in 2018, Diggs will surely be back as one of the team's top targets.
|1/21/2018||Nelson Agholor, Phi, WR|
|Nelson Agholor had three receptions for 59 yards Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He added one rush for zero .
Analysis: Philadelphia's slot receiver didn't make a lot of noise with Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith all having good days, and he had a pedestrian four catches for 35 yards in last week's playoff win over Atlanta. Agholor should be set up for more production in the Super Bowl, however, as covering the slot has been one of the Patriots' weaker areas on defense.
|1/21/2018||Alshon Jeffery, Phi, WR|
|Alshon Jeffery had five receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Analysis: After a slow start to his first season in Philadelphia, Jeffery has hauled in nine touchdown catches over his last 11 games including the playoffs. The physical wideout hasn't always meshed well with current starting quarterback Nick Foles, though, as he hasn't had more than five targets in any of his last four outings.
|1/21/2018||Zach Ertz, Phi, TE|
|Zach Ertz had eight receptions for 93 yards Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Analysis: After a quiet performance in last week's win over Atlanta in the divisional round, Ertz was a major factor by hauling in all eight of his targets from a razor-sharp Nick Foles. Expect the Pro Bowl tight end to remain a central part of the game plan when the Eagles head to Minneapolis in search of an elusive first Super Bowl victory.
|1/21/2018||Kyle Rudolph, Min, TE|
|Kyle Rudolph had one reception for 25 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Analysis: Rudolph capped the game's opening drive by getting wide open behind the Eagles' secondary for what turned out to be the lone highlight for both he and his team. Though the talented tight end's catches dropped from 83 in 2016 to 57 this season, he still produced eight touchdowns and should remain in the TE1 conversation for 2018.
|1/21/2018||Jarius Wright, Min, WR|
|Jarius Wright had three receptions for 51 yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He added one rush for four yards.|
|1/21/2018||Torrey Smith, Phi, WR|
|Torrey Smith had five receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Analysis: Smith was more involved in the game plan, drawing seven targets as the Eagles took more shots downfield than usual. Don't expect that to be the case in Super Bowl XLII, though, considering the speedster came in having recorded just 61 yards and no touchdowns on six catches over his previous four games.
|1/21/2018||Jay Ajayi, Phi, RB|
|Jay Ajayi ran for 73 yards on 18 carries Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He added three receptions for 26 yards.
Analysis: Having fully taken over as the Eagles' No. 1 back, Ajayi has received 39 touches through the team's two playoff games and had 98 yards from scrimmage in last week's win over Atlanta. Touchdowns remain elusive for the midseason pickup, however, as he's scored just two in nine games since being acquired from the Dolphins.
|1/21/2018||Jerick McKinnon, Min, RB|
|Jerick McKinnon ran for 40 yards on 10 carries Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He added 11 receptions for 86 yards.
Analysis: McKinnon was arguably the Vikings' most effective weapon on a night Case Keenum had a lot of trouble getting the ball downfield while under consistent pressure. After setting career highs with 570 rushing yards, 51 catches and 421 receiving yards as the Vikings' passing-down back, the 25-year-old should have a market for his services as he enters free agency.
|1/21/2018||Latavius Murray, Min, RB|
|Latavius Murray ran for 18 yards on six carries Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He added two receptions for 11 yards.
Analysis: Murray's usage dropped significantly once the Vikings fell behind big in the first half and turned to third-down back Jerick McKinnon while in comeback mode. The former 1,000-yard rusher faces an uncertain offseason, as Minnesota can save over $5 million by releasing him but has McKinnon entering unrestricted free agency.
|1/21/2018||LeGarrette Blount, Phi, RB|
|LeGarrette Blount ran for 21 yards and one touchdown on six carries Sunday in the Philadelphia Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Analysis: Blount powered his way into the end zone from 11 yards out in the second quarter for his 10th touchdown in 10 career postseason games, the most of any active player. Nine of those contests came with the Patriots, whom the Eagles will face in two weeks in Super Bowl LII.
|1/21/2018||Case Keenum, Min, QB|
|Case Keenum was 28 of 48 for 271 yards and threw one touchdown pass Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw two interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked one time. Keenum added eight rushing yards on one carry.
Analysis: After an unexpected terrific run during the regular season, Keenum looked every bit the journeyman, backup-caliber quarterback he was believed to be by wilting under persistent Philadelphia pressure in the biggest game of his life. Though the impending free agent should have a good chance at a starting job in 2018 after posting a 98.7 passer rating and completing 67.6 percent of his throws with 22 touchdowns, there's a chance it may not come in Minnesota.
|1/19/2018||Robby Anderson, NYJ, WR|
|Anderson faces a slew of charges in Florida, including threatening a police officer's family and saying he would rape the officer's wife.
Analysis: A Sunrise police report shows the 24-year-old Anderson was stopped early Friday in a sport utility vehicle after it ran two red lights and was swerving while traveling about 105 mph (168 kph). After he was stopped, police say he made the threats and then boasted about how much money he has. Jail records show Anderson faces nine charges, including threatening harm to a public servant, resisting arrest and traffic violations.
|1/18/2018||Andrew Sendejo, Min, S|
|Sendejo is active for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles. He had been in the concussion protocol after getting injured last week against the Saints on a jarring blindside block.
Analysis: After totaling 77 tackles and two interceptions during the regular season, Sendejo had four tackles and picked off Drew Brees last weekend.
|1/17/2018||Leonard Fournette, Jax, RB|
|Fournette (ankle) is not listed on Jacksonville's final injury report and will play in the AFC title game against the Patriots.
Analysis: Fournette has been dealing with the injury since mid-October, though he didn't look too gimpy in rushing for 109 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in last week's upset win at Pittsburgh. Expect the rookie to handle another heavy workload in the AFC Championship.
|1/17/2018||Adam Thielen, Min, WR|
|Thielen (back) played in Sunday's NFC championship game and had three receptions for 28 yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Analysis: Thielen clearly wasn't 100 percent, though it may not have mattered even if he was with Case Keenum turning in one of his worst performances of the year. The 2017 breakout star won't be overlooked in next season's draft after racking up 91 catches and 1,276 yards prior to the playoffs.
|1/17/2018||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady is on the field for warmups at Gillette Stadium wearing black tape over the inside part of his injured right hand - but no glove.
Analysis: Brady is throwing passes - with a glove only on his non-throwing left hand - about 45 minutes before kickoff for the AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
|1/17/2018||Rex Burkhead, NE, RB|
|Burkhead is practiced again Friday and is expected to play in Sunday's AFC championship.
Analysis: Burkhead was inactive for last Saturday's AFC divisional round playoff game against the Titans after injuring his knee in a 27-24 win over the Steelers on Dec. 17.
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