The Philadelphia Eagles
finished the season with the best record in the NFL, but weren’t given a chance to win the Super Bowl because quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury a few weeks before the start of the playoffs.
Eagles vs Falcons
The Eagles went into their first playoff game as home underdogs to the Atlanta Falcons, which they felt was disrespectful, and used it to motivate themselves to a win. In their game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Eagles were once again home underdogs, but went on to dominate the Vikings.
The Eagles odds for Super Bowl game once again have them as underdogs, but at this point, the Eagles don’t care.
The city of Philadelphia celebrated what was the largest party in nearly a decade after their 38-7 win over the Vikings, with people clad in Eagles colors flocking to the streets screaming in joy and waving dog masks around.
The dog masks have become a rallying cry for the Eagles and their fans, who have embraced the underdog status and aren’t worried about being the underdogs once again when they play the Patriots
Head coach Doug Pederson, who fans were lukewarm about when hired, did a great job coaching his team to the Super Bowl without Wentz, who led the league in touchdown passes even though he missed the last three games.
Instead of calling a conservative game plan to prevent Foles from costing them the game, Pederson trusted his quarterback and was aggressive with his play calling. Pederson’s trust was rewarded and Foles played what was probably the best game of his career.
Foles didn’t waste any time setting the tempo of the game, and hit Alshon Jeffery with a 53 yard touchdown pass late in the first half. He also had a 41 yard connection with Torrey Smith in the third quarter when Pederson called a flea flicker.
Foles finished the game completing 26 of his 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns.
Even though the Eagles have been to the Super Bowl in the past, this one was definitely the sweetest for their fans because the outcome of the game was not in doubt in the second half.
In 2005, when the Eagles won their last NFC Championship, there was a lot of joy because the team hadn’t been in the Super Bowl since Dick Vermeil was still on the sidelines. However, there was also a lot of relief following that win because the team had lost three consecutive NFC Championships prior to that year.
Even after they upset the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game in 1981, the fans didn’t enjoy it as much as Sunday’s win over Minnesota because the game was tied at halftime and the outcome was still uncertain so there were a lot of nervous Eagles fans watching the game.
This time around, when Patrick Robinson tied the game in the first quarter with a 50-yard interception that he returned for a touchdown, which was the first of three turnovers the Eagles defense forced, the momentum shifted in Philadelphia’s favor and they never gave the Vikings a chance to take it back.
All of Philadelphia will enjoy the celebration for a few more days and hope their underdogs have one more upset in them.
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