Right tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long wore the masks after the Birds beat the Falcons on Saturday.
“Me and Chris Long were talking [at lunch,] and everybody’s calling us underdogs, so hey, let’s go get us a dog mask,” Johnson said. “That’s what we did.”
The sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons entered Saturday’s divisional-round game in Philadelphia as three-point favorites. It was the first time in NFL history that a top seed was not favored in its first postseason game.
The Eagles organization pounced on this angle, playing up the idea that they were being disrespected. The Eagles even hung up copies of analyst predictions to show how many people were siding with the Falcons.
Philly used that edge to help fight past Atlanta 15-10 and into the NFC Championship Game.
And the dog masks were donned after the game.
The Eagles certainly earned some respect by taking care of the Falcons, but Johnson is holding onto the dog mask, just in case.
“I would imagine we’re probably not going to be favored next week, either,” Johnson said. “At this point in the season, it really don’t matter; it’s anybody’s game.”
And Johnson is correct. The Eagles open as a 3-point underdog against the Vikings, while the Patriots open favored by 9 1/2 in their game.
ESPN & The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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