Mistakes, penalties and turnovers killed the Vikings from the early point of the game until the very end. Some highlights (or lowlights):
* The Vikings went three-and-out on their first two drives of the game.
* On the Eagles' first TD drive, the Vikings defense had them stopped, but
* Allowed a 52-yard completion to wide receiver Greg Lewis in the drive that had them fall behind 14-0.
* After getting back within 14-7, allowed J.R. Reed to return the ensuing kick 48 yards into Vikings territory, where the Eagles would score again to take a 21-7 lead.
* Botched a fake field goal attempt in which Randy Moss walked off the field to avoid a 12 men on the field penalty.
* Appeared to recover a fumble in Eagles territory only to have it overturned on a challenge.
* Threw two interceptions on the first two drives of the second half -- both in Eagles territory.
* Brian Russell dropped an easy interception that could have kept the game 21-7. Instead, the Eagles were able to kick a field goal and make it a three-possession game early in the fourth quarter.
While the loss was painful, it was more so because of how the Vikings lost, not the fact that they simply lost.
* No. 1 seeds are now 9-0 in the divisional playoffs vs. No. 6 seeds.
* From the Moss File comes this: When Randy Moss made his first reception of the game, he got into a scuffle with a couple of Eagles players and, in the melee, the play clock continued to run -- forcing the Vikings to burn a time out.
* DE Kenechi Udeze suffered a hip pointer in the first quarter and didn't return.
* After testing his ankle in pregame warmups, Moe Williams was de-activated.
* In an NFL rarity, both the Vikings and Eagles challenged critical plays and both won -- showing why replay has a purpose in the NFL playoffs.
* By virtue of the loss, the Vikings will retain the 18th overall selection in April's draft.