Eagles: Philly shatters a myth, early NFC Championship Game odds

Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (R) (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (R) (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

So much for those theories about playing teams three times during a single season, huh? Maybe this isn’t as difficult as people keep saying. Think about it. The Philadelphia Eagles‘ third victory over the New York Giants wound up being even more impressive than the 48-22 thrashing they handed them in Week 14. It didn’t seem like they had any difficulty during the process. Philly’s win doesn’t represent the first time an NFL squad has handed three losses to an inferior opponent. It most certainly won’t be the last. Let’s talk about a little history.

Following the 1970 NFL merger, the first 21 times that similar scripts were written, 14 of the teams that had already won the first two games wound up winning the third. If you need more recent evidence, one needn’t look any further than the current postseason.

We didn’t just see Philly hang three losses on Big Blue. We also saw the San Francisco 49ers make the Seattle Seahawks their victim for a third time during the Wild Card Round, so how about we retire this myth once and for all?

Thanks to the NFL’s Divisional Round, there are bigger fish to fry for both of these proud franchises. The Niners and Birds will meet on Sunday at 3 p.m. EST to play in the NFC Championship Game. Everyone knows what the stakes are.

The winner will represent the National Football Conference during the next Super Bowl. The loser goes home and begins making preparations for next season.

More Eagles news: Early odds are released, and Philly is favored.

Four teams remain, and the early odds for the NFC and AFC Championship Game are out. FanDuel is picking both of the home teams to win.

They favor the Kansas City Chiefs over the Cincinnati Bengals by 1.5 points. They side with Philadelphia Eagles over the San Francisco 49ers by a 2.5-point margin. If they’re right that would set up a unique scenario.

Andy Reid would be set to lead the team he led to a Super Bowl win (Kansas City) over the team where we saw his head-coaching career begin (Philly). That would cause quite a media frenzy and turn a couple of heads, including ours.

First things first though. The Birds need this win on Sunday.

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