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Tarvaris Jackson to start vs. Eagles

Sunday capped a regular season filled with ups and downs for Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Jackson started the first two games of the year and then was benched in favor of Gus Frerotte. He only regained his starting job because of Frerotte's back injury after sitting for 10 games. Jackson now has started the last three games, including the Vikings' 20-19 win over the Giants on Sunday that clinched the NFC North title.

His next start will come against the Eagles in Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game at the Metrodome, coach Brad Childress confirmed.

"Well, he didn't get hurt, did he?," Childress said. "Do you think we're going to bring in the righty, that we're going to the bullpen? No, he'll be the starter."

As for Jackson's view on his up and down season: "It just shows you that you got to stay in it. You got to work hard. Everything happens for a reason. I never thought it would happen like this from the offseason. I never knew that I would be benched; I thought I would have a great season coming into it, but it didn't happen like that. But we are still here and it was a team effort. That is what it is all about."


A quick note about scheduling today: Andy Reid's usual noon news conference has been pushed to 1 p.m. The players will be at the NovaCare for a meeting at noon. Check back later for updates.


To read our earlier Eagletarian posts:

* The Eagles' defense forced turnover after turnover.

* Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Cowboys report card.