Embracing ‘underdog’ status, Eagles players wear dog masks after beating Falcons

11:04 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles embraced the underdog role.

Boy, did they embrace it.

So much so that a pair of veterans, right tackle Lane Johnson and defensive end Chris Long, went out and bought dog masks — German Shepherd masks, to be precise — to sport in order to get into full character in the days leading up to the game.

“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. “That’s what we did.”

The sixth-seeded Atlanta Falcons entered Saturday’s divisional-round game in Philadelphia as three-point favorites. It was the first time in NFL history that a top seed was not favored in its first postseason game.

The Eagles organization pounced on this angle, playing up the idea that they were being disrespected. The Eagles even hung up copies of analyst predictions to show how many people

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22087953/philadelphia-eagles-players-wear-dog-masks-win-atlanta-falcons

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