For some strange reason, Minnesota Vikings fans thought that it might be a good idea to come to The City Of Brotherly Love and desecrate the Rocky Statue.
I’m going to give Vikings fans the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they’ve never been to Philly as a visiting fan. Maybe they took the phrase “the city of brotherly love” literally. Maybe they thought Rocky was nothing more than a stupid statue. I don’t know. What I do know, is whatever Vikings fans were thinking, they got Philly f*cked up! So did the Vikings team if they thought they were going to come to Philly and walk out of here with an easy win!
The Philadelphia Eagles destroyed the Minnesota Vikings down at the Linc last night. The #1 ranked defense in the NFL looked like a Junior Varsity team against backup QB Nick Foles last night. And backup QB Nick Foles miraculously transformed into the second coming of Joe Montana last night. What the hell happened? I don’t know. I’m honestly still trying to take it all in. I’ve been a Philadelphia Eagles fan since 1980. If it’s one thing I’ve come to expect from the Eagles at the end of every season, it’s disappointment. Sometimes the disappointment comes later than it does at other times, but the result is always the same. Disappointment. And the promise that “I give up on this team! I’m not doing this next year!” But I always do, and probably always will. I have been here with this team twice. In 1981 when the Birds went up against the Jim Plunkett led Oakland Raiders, and 2004 when the Birds went up against Tom Brady and the unbeatable New England Patriots. Both times felt different than it does today. Oh, we are still the underdogs, it’s not that. Something else feels different. In ’80, I believe that the Eagles Super Bowl was that NFC title game against the Dallas Cowboys. The goal seemed to be just to get there. Winning the Super Bowl did not seem to be a high priority. That much was clear by all of the celebrating after the victory over the Cowboys. The 2004 team seemed to be pretty much the same. After losing in the NFC Championship game for so many years straight, it was a breath of fresh air just to be in the Super Bowl. The goal was not to win. For some reason this team seems different. I believe that they know that the journey is not done. There is still one very tough opponent left on the schedule this season. A rematch against Brady and the Patriots.
This whole thing has me really messed up. I did not expect this team to be here. That’s just me being completely honest. I, like many other people, wrote the Eagles off when Carson Wentz went down with an injury. I had no faith at all in Nick Foles. The shock of it all has my thoughts all over the place. But let me try to put these scattered thoughts into some type of order.
The Eagles came into the game as home underdogs. The same way they were home underdogs against Atlanta last week. Nobody outside of Philadelphia really gave the Eagles a chance. I know this to be true, because I watched NFL analyst after NFL analyst pick the Vikings to win this game. That was some pretty good motivation for the Eagles to want to go out there and win this game. Then Vikings fans had the nerve to go and hold a pep rally in front of the Rocky statue. They dressed ole’ Rocko up in Vikings gear and all as they stood there smiling and SKOL -ing. (whatever the hell that is) When the sight of that hit the news stations and it was broadcast, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Vikings fans were going to have a tough go at it down at the Linc when the game started.(At least they should’ve known) But how was that going to translate to the play on the field? Just because the fans were pissed, didn’t really mean that the team was going to perform well when the game started. And it started off bad too. The Vikings got the ball and marched right down the field to score a touchdown. Every Eagles fan who had been watching this team for as long as I had, probably had the exact same thought. “Not what I hoped for, but definitely what I expected. The Eagles always lift you up, just to let you down.” I had that “here we go again” feeling. Already looking for someone to blame for this loss after less than five minutes being played in the game. The Birds had different ideas though. The defense came up big with a Patrick Robinson pick six off of Case Keenum. The throw wasn’t as bad as it looked from the first view. Chris Long got a piece of Keenum’s arm which was enough to turn the pass into a dying duck that landed directly in Robinson’s bread basket. That one play ignited the entire team and the insane fans at the Linc. Nobody knew it at the time, but the game was over after that. The Eagles basically did whatever they wanted on offense and defense, while allowing the Vikings to do nothing. That 7-points the Vikings got on the opening drive was all they scored the whole game. The Eagles pulled off a 38-7 route.
That’s how we got here. The underdogs came out on top. THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! The Birds will be underdogs once again in the Super Bowl. Still not getting any respect, still being overlooked. Some analyst are already crowning Tom Brady and the Patriots winners of yet another Super Bowl. The game is still two weeks away. Nobody outside of Philadelphia is giving the Eagles a chance. Nobody believes that Nick Foles can win a game against a tough team. Nobody believes that the Eagles defense will be able to contain or even slow down a marvelous offense led by one of the best QB’s in the game. Nobody believes that Coach Pederson can come up with a game-plan to match the genius of Bill Bellichik. Nobody is giving the Eagles a chance……..once again. Before you jump to make this assessment, maybe you should go back and ask the Falcons and the Vikings how underestimating the underdog Eagles worked out for them.