MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - The Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles are playing for the NFC Championship on Sunday. Kickoff is at 5:40 p.m. CT on Fox 9. Pregame coverage begins with a special two-hour edition of Vikings Gameday Live on Fox 9 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the NFL on FOX pregame show at 5 p.m.
Immediately following the game, Fox 9 will have a special postgame edition of Fox 9 News for 90 minutes. The premiere episode of the new Fox show The Resident will air after the Fox 9 postgame coverage concludes.
VIKINGS-EAGLES ON FOX 9
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Vikings Gameday Live with Hobie Artigue, Jim Rich, Ron Johnson and Pierre Noujaim in the Fox 9 studio, and Dawn Mitchell, Kelcey Carlson, Rob Olson, Paul Allen and Ben Leber live in Philadelphia.
5 p.m. - NFL on FOX pregame
5:40 p.m. - Vikings vs Eagles
Postgame - 90 minutes of Fox 9 postgame coverage
DILLY, DILLY, FLIGHT TO PHILLY: Fox 9's Rob Olson flew to Philadelphia on the Sun Country same-day charter flight for Vikings fans. Skol Chants sound even better at cruising altitude.
CRISCO COPS PREP PHILLY: City crews dubbing themselves the Crisco Cops were greasing light poles around Philadelphia Sunday morning to prevent Eagles fans from climbing after the game.
SUPER BOWL BOUND: For the Vikings, an NFC Championship would be an historic feat – Minnesota is hosting Super Bowl LII and no NFL team has ever played a Super Bowl in its home stadium. The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, but played in four of them (IV, VIII, IX, and XI). The Eagles have appeared in the Super Bowl twice (XV and XXXIX), but have never won the Lombardi Trophy. Philadelphia’s last super Bowl trip was in 2004 against the New England Patriots. But prior to that game, the Eagles appeared in (and lost) three consecutive NFC championship games.
SKOL CHANT: The Skol Chant has echoed across Minnesota throughout this playoff run. This relatively new tradition is a keeper for Vikings fans. The team adopted it when they moved into U.S. Bank Stadium last year. The Skol Chant actually started as the "Vikings War Chant" used by fans of the Icelandic National Football Team during their Cinderella run at the European Championship in 2016. The Vikings asked the Icelandic team if they could borrow the chant, incorporating their rallying "Skol" cry, after receiving emails from fans saying, "You gotta do this." The Skol Chant has become a Fox 9 Purple Friday tradition, and with respect to superstitions, we’re not stopping it anytime soon. We put some of our favorites from Minnesota schools into one video.