This wasn’t supposed to be the year.
A second-year head coach, a second-year quarterback, two new starting wide receivers, a new running back, new additions on defense – this wasn’t supposed to mesh well in the first year.
In week one, you lose just acquired starting cornerback Ronald Darby for eight games; that was supposed to be devastating. In the same game, you lose starting placekicker Caleb Sturgis for the year; extra points and field goals were supposed to be question marks going forward.
In week three, you lose do-it-all running back Darren Sproles for the year; this was supposed to kill the offense.
In week six, you lose special teams ace Chris Maragos; the special teams would surely take a hit, right?
In week seven, you get hit hard with the double loss of starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks and starting left tackle Jason Peters, both for the year. Sustaining the previous injuries seemed tough, but these should have been a season killer.
In week 14, you lose MVP candidate and starting quarterback Carson Wentz for the rest of the season. Despite being 11-2 at that point, there was no way you would be able to overcome the death blow that losing your star quarterback should have been.
In weeks 15 through 17, backup quarterback Nick Foles looked lackluster, completing 47 out of 87 passes for a 54% completion rate for 439 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions – this wasn’t how you were going to win games in the playoffs.
But despite all of that, despite being the first one seed in NFL history to be underdogs against a six seed, despite being underdogs a second straight week against the NFL’s number one defense, here you are getting ready for your first Super Bowl trip in 14 years.
You have silenced all doubters, all “experts”, brushed off any speculation of how great a coach Doug Pederson is, and shut down any notion of bad team chemistry with new additions to the team. You have been the epitome of what a team should look and act like. You have brought hope back to a fan base that has been waiting for this moment for so long.
Thank you, Philadelphia Eagles. We cannot wait to see how you finish off this season in the Super Bowl.
“We all we got. We all we need.” Fly Eagles Fly.