Childress served as an assistant coach under Andy Reid with the Eagles from 1999 to 2005 and was the team's offensive coordinator for his final four seasons before landing the job as the Vikings' head coach.
This won't be the first time Childress and Reid have met as head coaches. The Eagles beat the Vikings, 23-16, on Oct. 28, 2007 at the Metrodome.
But that was against a Vikings team that finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs in Childress' second season. The Vikings were 10-6 this season and won the NFC North by beating the New York Giants Sunday.
"I'm happy more than anything for the men on this football team," Childress said. "The resolve that they showed. (For) most teams, time has run out. I'm happy for these players. I'm happy for the coaches. I'm very happy for the owners. They had to earn it, as it should be, and that makes it that much sweeter."
Added cornerback Antoine Winfield: "It's such a great feeling. We've worked so hard to become a team on both sides of the ball. We're playing together. We just need to ride the momentum. We know we're going to have a tough opponent come in here (in the Eagles) and we'll just try and continue what we're doing."
The Vikings are going to need a better performance from quarterback Tarvaris Jackson if they hope to make a legitimate playoff run. Jackson looked shaky against a Giants team that mixed in several reserves on defense in the second half. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 239 yards with a touchdown and interception.
The pick by Giants safety James Butler came in the third quarter with the Vikings at the New York 6-yard line.
Nonetheless, Jackson rallied the Vikings to victory and will be the starter in the first playoff game. Childress said even with the interception Sunday, he never thought about making a change.
"I didn't feel like we needed to make the move to (backup) Gus (Frerotte)," Childress said. "I think Tarvaris has done enough good things and made enough plays."
Quote: "I feel like it should be us. I think we have a lot of confidence about it. And I think that if anyone can do it, it should be us. We've got to be able to do it one game at a time obviously, but we did that for the last part of our regular season. I think we are going to be OK." — Wide receiver Bobby Wade, on the fact his team should take a "why not us" attitude into the playoffs.
By the numbers: 30 — Games it took running back Adrian Peterson to reach 3,000 yards. That ties him with Edgerrin James and Jim Brown for the third-least games needed to reach that mark. Clinton Portis and Eric Dickerson accomplished the feat in 29 games.