No, this is not a dream Eagles’ fans. There is no need to pinch yourself. For the first time in 13 years, the Philadelphia Eagles are the champions of the NFC and will be going to the Super Bowl. However, while the season has been a rollercoaster of emotional highs, lows, and countless obstacles, there is still one more hurdle that the Eagles need to go through. Oh, and by the way, that hurdle is possibly the greatest head coach, quarterback, and team that the NFL has ever seen.
The Philadelphia Eagles came into the NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings as the home underdog for the second consecutive week. However, by the time halftime rolled around, it was apparent that these Eagles were clearly the superior team. Defeating the Vikings in convincing fashion by a score of 38-7, the birds now move on to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis where they will face the AFC Champion New England Patriots, in a rematch from their last Super Bowl game back in 2004.
And while a lot has changed since that time, some things have not. Bill Belichick is still the Patriots’ head coach, Tom Brady is still their quarterback, and the New England Patriots will go into the game as massive favorites looking to win their second straight title, and third in four years. So yes, the Eagles are once again the underdog.
But guess what? That’s just how they want it to be.
Despite having claim to the number one seed in the NFC, and the best regular season record in all of football, the Eagles have always been told that this is the week that things won’t go their way. They were told that even with a talented young quarterback, and a second-year head coach in Doug Pederson, they still didn’t have enough talent to dethrone the Dallas Cowboys for the division title.
Well, they did.
After losing just their second game of the season to the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle, they were told that their next game in Los Angeles against the Rams would be too much to handle. Well, they handled it quite well and won that game 43-35.
After franchise quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL tear, the Eagles were told that there was now way that backup quarterback Nick Foles was going to be able to get them the number one seed in the playoffs.
Nick Foles won two of the last three games for the Eagles, securing a 13-3 regular season record and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
Lastly, for weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles were told that they were going to go nowhere in the playoffs without Carson Wentz, and that they would be lucky to win just one game. Well, in their first game of the playoffs during the Divisional Round, Nick Foles completed over 75 percent of his passes, and the defense held Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the high-scoring Falcons’ offense to just 10 points. And as we talked about earlier, the result was more of the same the following week against the Vikings.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that all year, the only people who have had faith in the Eagles, have been the Eagles and their fans. So yes, going into the Super Bowl on February 4th, they will once again be underdogs.
But if we have learned anything this season, it is that you should never count out this Eagles team.
Now it is true, that this time around it is a little different. They’re not just facing another good team, that experts think have a more talented roster. They are facing the New England Patriots. The perennial winners and all-around greatest dynasty in the history of professional sports.
But like I said, never count out the Eagles.
Beating Tom Brady is one of the hardest things to do in football. But if you want to have a shot at it, the most important thing is to be able to get pressure on him and make him move outside the pocket.
Oh, and by the way, the Eagles have one of the best defensive lines in football.
And if you want to beat the Patriots, you have to be able to score points and make Bill Belichick change up his defensive schemes.
It just so happens that last week the Eagles put up 38 points on one of the best defenses in football, and the last two weeks, quarterback Nick Foles has played the best games of his career. Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns last week, joining Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana as the only two players in NFL history to have back to back post-season games with at least a 75 percent completion rate. Something not even the great Tom Brady has ever done.
On February 4th, the Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. The Patriots will no doubt be projected to win the game by many. However, the Philadelphia Eagles are as resilient as they come. They have been disrespected and underestimated all season. They have been called underdogs for weeks, and come Sunday, these underdogs will show the entire country that they aren’t just all bark, but that these dogs bite.