After the Philadelphia Eagles got their 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC title game on Sunday, they were once again labeled “the underdogs” for Super Bowl LII.
According to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the New England Patriots were installed as 5.5-point favorites in the NFL’s championship game.
However, the Eagles aren’t putting Tom Brady or the Patriots on a pedestal, they’re motivated to knock them off that pedestal.
“I know,” said Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said. “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.”
The Eagles were underdogs in both the divisional round and the NFC Championship Game and overcame the odds to punch their ticket to Minneapolis. There was no sense in the locker room late Sunday night that they were satisfied, nor of trepidation about facing Brady and the five-time champion Patriots.
“Greatest quarterback of all time, but that doesn’t mean that he’s unbeatable,” said safety Malcolm Jenkins. “We’ve got a destination that we’re geared to. No matter who’s in front of us, we’ve got somewhere to go.”
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie echoed that sentiment as he received the George Halas trophy.
“We’re not only going to Minneapolis,” he said, “we have something to do in Minneapolis. One more win.”
The last time the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, in 2005, they lost to the Patriots 24-21. Johnson said he’s out for revenge on behalf of the city.
“For what they did to us in 2004, 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.”
Johnson is now one victory from potentially piling up a Philadelphia-sized bar tab.
During training camp last summer Johnson promised to buy the city of Philadelphia a beer if they won the Lombardi Trophy.
“I have a lot to prove to this city,” Johnson said. “I think if we have a few big years and make the playoffs, if we win a Super Bowl, I’m giving out beer to everybody.”
Johnson’s statement caught the attention of Bud Light, an NFL sponsor. Bud Light representatives tweeted to Johnson, “Let’s make a deal. Win it all and the party is on us.”
Before the Eagles punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with Sunday night’s 38-7 rout of the Vikings, Bud Light backed up its promise.
“Bud Light has not forgotten about our commitment to Lane Johnson, the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia,” the company said in a statement to CBS Philly and promised more details to follow.