Professional athletes amuse me. They play lousy and then feel disrespected when people doubt them.
The Eagles more than fit the stereotype going into their NFC divisional playoff Saturday with the Falcons.
Philly had limped through the end of the regular season, with Nick Foles sailing ducks all over the field and the defense losing some of its bite.
So the top-seeded Eagles were underdogs against the sixth-seeded and peaking Falcons. Logical indeed.
If that lit a fire under the Eagles, it must have been one helluva big match.
The Eagles’ defense was tighter than a clam with lockjaw, and demonstrated valiant resiliency and resolve in an incredible goal-line stand to close it out.
Foles, after a nervous start, finished 23 of 30 for 246 yards and several crucial third-down conversion passes. Foles can’t spin it or run it like Carson Wentz, but he did enough to get by and didn’t throw any killer picks.
The end result was juicier than a summer peach, a 15-10 Eagles’ victory that vaults them into next Sunday’s NFC title game.
Which, of course, is one step away from the Super Bowl.