Everyone can sigh deeply, at least for the next couple of weeks. The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. Glendale, Arizona is the location. All of that has a nice ring to it. The pun is intended!
If your memory serves you correctly, it was October 9th of 2022 that Philly walked into Glendale and beat the Cardinals by a 20-17 score in a game that came down to Arizona’s kicker missing what would’ve been the game-tying FG. Philly sat at 5-0 at the time. Their 16th win of the season sends them back to the scene of the crime.
After dismantling the 49ers’ top-ranked rushing defense, the Eagles advance to Super Bowl LVII. This O-line should be able to help them win it.
Time and time again, ahead of the NFC Championship Game, all we kept hearing about was the impenetrable 49ers rushing defense. Perhaps we should have been discussing the NFL’s best offensive line and one of the top offenses league-wide.
That was proven Sunday afternoon. PFF rated the Eagles’ offensive line as the best in the league during the preseason. They ended the regular season with the same distinction. They have been lights out in the playoffs.
On Sunday, they rendered the Niners’ pass rush useless. Let’s put things in perspective. Philly scored four rushing touchdowns (that’s a postseason franchise record). The expected Defensive Player of the Year, Nick Bosa, failed to sack, hurry, or pressure Jalen Hurts.
Philadelphia finished the game with 148 rushing yards and the aforementioned four TDs. Three of those came during the first half. No one eclipsed the 50-yard threshold, but everyone got in on the action.
Three Eagles carried the ball ten times or more. Miles Sanders finished with two TDs. Jalen Hurts and Boston Scott each had one TD respectively.
If the Eagles hope to win Super Bowl LVII, they will have to continue winning in the trenches by running the ball and protecting QB1 Jalen Hurts. We have no doubts that they’ll be able to do so.
We can’t say enough about how much of a warrior Lane Johnson is. Suffering through the pain that comes with a torn abductor would be tough on anyone. Playing professional football with a torn abductor and doing so at a high level is even more insane.
Let’s check in with the man himself.
In two playoff games, Lane Johnson has played 57 snaps in pass protection. Did you notice the number of snaps there? How’s that for irony?
He has surrendered just two total pressures. Super Bowl LVII will have to be another game won in the trenches, and at this point, we have no reason to believe that they won’t get the job done. If Philly wins at the point of attack, which we think they will, the Eagles WILL raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy. PERIOD… POINT BLANK… END OF SENTENCE…