The Philadelphia Eagles have completely embraced their underdog status this postseason – right down to the creepy dog masks – and they’re not letting the fact that they’re facing the GOAT in Super Bowl LII change that.
After their surprising takedown of the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night, setting up a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, Eagles players declared themselves ready to face five-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Told that Las Vegas had once again installed Philadelphia as the underdogs, right tackle Lane Johnson said, “I know. Hey, Tom Brady. Pretty boy Tom Brady. He’s the best quarterback of all time, so, nothing I’d like to do more than dethrone that guy.”
This is Brady’s eighth Super Bowl appearance, and third in the last four years. The Patriots’ epic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons last year was his fifth win, more than any quarterback in league history.
“Greatest quarterback of all time, but that doesn’t mean that he’s unbeatable,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “We’ve got a destination that we’re geared to. No matter who’s in front of us, we’ve got somewhere to go.”
Even though none of the current Eagles were even in the NFL for that Super Bowl in Jacksonville 14 years ago, as members of the organization, they still feel a need to avenge that loss.
“For what they did to us in 2004 [the game was in 2005), to get payback, there would be nothing sweeter than that,” Johnson said. “I remember watching that game when I was 14 years old. I was hoping the Eagles would win. Just coming up short, you could feel the pain, and you could also feel the passion of what this city wants. And we’re here, so it’s right at our fingertips.”
Team owner Jeffrey Lurie (who had another awkward dance party with his players on Sunday night), has the Eagles’ backs.
“We’re not only going to Minneapolis,” he said as he accepted the George Halas Trophy for the NFC titlists, “We have something to do in Minneapolis. One more win.”