So says Jason Gay:

The Patriots may be resented and considered cheaty cheating cheaterfaces by their haters, but they are so good at this. The world spent most of last week losing its mind about Brady’s hand injury, which New England guarded like a state secret.

The Eagles, meanwhile, were forced to replace an entire quarterback—starter and MVP candidate Carson Wentz blew out his knee in early December—which was to supposed to kibosh its Super Bowl hopes.

Instead, the Eagles turned to a prodigal fair-haired backup, Nick Foles, who has lifted Philadelphia to back-to-back home upsets.

The Eagles have been underdogs in both of their playoff games, despite playing in their own stadium. A lot of teams like to claim the nobody-believes-in-us disrespected underdog side—even the Patriots break it out on occasion, hilariously—but the Eagles truly earned the label. Now they’re running around in latex “underdog” German Shepherd masks, like they’re robbing banks in a ‘80s movie.

Foles was magnificent Sunday against the Vikings, reminiscent of the phenom who had a run of brilliance for the Eagles in 2013 before getting shipped off to the Rams. Even better was Philadelphia’s defense, which really has been the story of their season, forcing turnovers and putting Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum on the back foot early.

And yet it’s hard to not feel happiness for the Eagles and their fans, who tend to get a bad rap. Their city was so worried that nutty Eagles fans would dangerously climb light poles after Sunday’s game, they actually greased the poles before kickoff.

And Eagles fans climbed ‘em anyway! It was impressive. You do not bet against Tom Brady in an AFC title game—and you do not bet against an Eagles fan climbing a pole in a victory celebration. Or ever.

Now it’s on to Minneapolis, where they can grease the poles with locally made butter. There will be hype. There will be fireworks. Fugitive Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake will perform a complimentary halftime singalong.

And, as usual, there will be the New England Patriots. But now they’re joined by the Eagles, who have flown through the NFL’s kitchen window, and are devouring the dog’s food. I know that sounds kind of gross, but you’d probably watch it:


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