Eagles want fans to wear ‘underdog’ masks to NFC Championship Game
The Philadelphia Eagles have been rallying around the notion the team is perceived as an underdog in the playoffs despite claiming the No. 1 seed in the NFC. That trend continues as the Eagles find themselves not favored in a showdown against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
The underdog status of course comes in large part due to the season-ending knee injury to MVP candidate Carson Wentz in a Week 14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. And to say the Eagles have fully embraced being underdogs in amusing — and somewhat disturbing — manner cannot be understated.
To wit: Following the Eagles’ 15-10 divisional-round victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, Lane Johnson and Chris Long donned some unsettling dog masks befitting the underdog label.
Dog’s gotta eat! #underdog #flyeaglesfly pic.twitter.com/cMePA84PR0
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) January 14, 2018
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) January 14, 2018
“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 of a conversation ahead of Saturday’s game against the Falcons, via ESPN. “That’s what we did.”
The masks, it has been discovered, were available on Amazon. Unfortunately for Eagles fans hoping to snag a mask of their own ahead of Sunday’s big game, the item is currently sold out and unavailable, at least on Amazon.
That said, the Eagles organization is encouraging fans lucky enough to have procured the “Creepy Party Novelty Halloween Party Latex Animal Dog Head Mask German Shepherd” — as its described in the listing — to wear them to Sunday’s game at the Linc.
Doggone it, you better believe dog masks will be allowed at @LFFStadium this weekend. Just make sure to take them off when you go through security.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/0REb840ME7
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 15, 2018
The distinct possibility of scores of Eagles fans cheering their team on from the stands while wearing those creepy dog masks should make for a disturbing scene, indeed.