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Eagles’ Lane Johnson jokingly threatens Cowboys-loving grandma (vid)

The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Arlington, Texas, this weekend to face the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in a huge NFC East divisional battle. And Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is navigating a familial conflict of interest ahead of Sunday’s game. The problem for Johnson stems from the fact his grandmother is a longtime Cowboys fan.

Johnson is a native of Groveton, Texas, so it’s not surprising his family has strong loyalties to the Cowboys. But Johnson is now in his fifth season with the Eagles. Hasn’t that inspired the family to switch allegiances? Perhaps for some of them, but that’s certainly not the case for Johnson’s grandma. In fact, Johnson jokingly threatened the well-being of his 74-year-old, Cowboys-loving grandmother.

“Just pretty much all my family is from Texas and a lot of them say they’re Eagles fans, but I think deep down they root — like even last year, the Cowboys going to the playoffs,” Johnson told reporters, via CBS Philly. “I heard my grandma in there rooting for Dallas. I said, ‘If you want to live to see 75 you better shut your [expletive] up.’ Just messing with her.”

Oof. That’s not a bit too harsh. Nope, not at all.

Although Johnson obviously is just messing around and it’s likely he and his grandma have enjoyed some good-natured ribbing over the rivalry in years past.

The Eagles (8-1) can solidify their hold on the NFC East with a victory Sunday and essentially bury the Cowboys (5-4) in the process. Let’s hope regardless of the outcome Johnson and his grandma can enjoy a peaceful and conflict-free upcoming holiday season.