8:57 p.m.: The Vikings also go three-and-out on their second drive and punt.
8:52 p.m.: The Packers punt on their second drive after a three-and-out. Minnesota will take over at its 30 with 6:20 to play in the first quarter.
Ryan’s been fine in 2017, his 64.7% completion rate and 91.4 QB rating pretty much in line with his career norms. Of course, that’s the problem. His 2016 resume now seems like a career season rather than an indicator he’d made the leap from good to elite after his TD pass total dropped by nearly half (38 to 20) and his INTs nearly doubled (from seven to 12). Ryan hasn’t had one three-TD game this season, has seemed generally out of sync with his teammates and new OC Steve Sarkisian and too often struggled to leverage the team’s best player, WR Julio Jones. Still, his 218-yard, one-TD, turnover-free showing in Los Angeles represented winning football — Ryan and Co. generally did just enough this season in order to return to the playoffs — and sustaining that level could just mean survival in this wide-open field.
Foles wishes he had Ryan’s problems. He threw four TDs in his first start after Wentz went down, but it came against the Giants in Week 15 and now appears to be fool’s gold. Foles has struggled since (47% completion rate, 48.2 QB rating), and the Eagles offense has managed just 16 points in the past nine quarters. He played well enough in his only other playoff start four years ago, former coach Chip Kelly’s only postseason appearance, but expectations seem higher now for a team that looked championship caliber when Wentz, a far superior athlete to Foles, was in the lineup.
In 1998, the team was sold to author Tom Clancy, but Vikings president and part owner Roger Headrick claimed to hold a right of first refusal to buy the team. I was Headrick’s top aide, but I had Clancy’s people asking to meet with me. Talk about a precarious situation.
Then Clancy backed out, Headrick lost his case and the team was sold to Red McCombs. While all this was taking place, I had to do my job and negotiate major contracts with potential free agents, including our best defensive player, then-future Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle, and star running back Robert Smith. I figured whoever owned the NFL Jerseys From China Vikings would want us to retain our top players, so I signed them, and they helped us to a 15-1 season.
As will be the case with the Panthers once the team is sold, everyone in our front office was trying to impress McCombs as the new owner. We all were hoping we would be safe after a great season that ended with a heartbreaking loss in overtime to the Falcons in the NFC title game.
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