Philadelphia Eagles’ Lane Johnson, Chris Long relish role of ‘underdogs’ in celebrating win over Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons in NFC Divisional Round
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When the opening line for the NFC divisional round game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons was announced, it left plenty scratching their heads.
The Falcons, the No. 6 seed in the NFC, were favored by a field goal or so over the Eagles, who finished 13-3 and clinched home-field advantage as the No. 1 seed in the conference. It had never happened before.
So after the final whistle sounded in the Eagles’ 15-10 victory over the Falcons on Saturday night, right tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long had some fun at the expense of the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.
Johnson and Long wore dog masks on the field.
Home dogs, right?#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/pZzCkh2PGt
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 14, 2018
Lane Johnson said the underdog masks he and Chris Long have came from Amazon. pic.twitter.com/Xne0823ABU
— Aaron Kasinitz (@AaronKazreports) January 14, 2018
Chris Long’s “underdog” mask pic.twitter.com/uNXUiLgFDw
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 14, 2018
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 14, 2018
Johnson told PennLive it was Long’s idea.
“We’re the underdogs,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if that’s what an underdog looks like, though.”
Johnson said the Eagles bought the masks off Amazon after one of his friends found it for him — PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski tracked it down.
The celebration fit into the narrative the Eagles have been writing for themselves over the past month or so.
- Eagles 15, Falcons 10: stats, scoring recap
Ever since star quarterback Carson Wentz, perhaps the leading candidate for MVP, was lost for the season with a torn ACL against the Los Angeles Rams, the Eagles feel like they’ve been doubted or disrespected. They’ve been out to prove they’re more than just their quarterback.
“People discount us, don’t give us much credit, whatever it might be,” coach Doug Pederson said.
“Just keep on disrespecting and we’re going to keep proving people wrong,” wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said. “We just believe in one another. We don’t care what anybody else says. We’re just going to keep believing in one another and just keep fighting.”
It wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see the reprise their role as underdog when the opening line is released for next weekend’s NFC Championship Game against either the New Orleans Saints or Minnesota Vikings, given how both of those teams have played in recent weeks and the lack of faith people have in a Nick Foles-led offense.
It’ll remain to be seen if the underdogs’ masks make an encore appearance.
PennLive reporter Aaron Kasinitz contributed to this report.
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