But they couldn't have been more wrong about the Eagles entering Sunday's game against the Falcons and the underdog label was the flawless tag for a team eager to prove that it wasn't a one-man team en route to the top seed in the NFC.
"It doesn't really matter", wide receiver Torrey Smith said Monday. Everybody was going for Atlanta, and they're a good team.
Quarterback Nick Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards while British running back Jay Ajayi racked up 98 yards as Philly controlled possession in the second half. But the offense was inconsistent. The more plays the Eagles were able to run in succession, the more confident Foles got.
Having driven the length of the field in the final minutes, converting one fourth down near midfield that would have had most coaches punting. I know there was a lot of people against us this last week.
Ryan has literally nowhere to go here, on Atlanta's biggest play of the year.
But Philadelphia fans were rejoicing at the end of the match, with their side winning 15-10.
The Eagles' motto throughout the season has been "We all we got".
The Eagles' decision to call a timeout before kicking a field goal midway through the fourth quarter nearly cost them against the Falcons. "There were too many times we were a little bit inconsistent".
"At the end of the day, I can make those plays", Jones said.
It would be Matty Ice, Matt Ryan, the last NFC quarterback in a Super Bowl, a Hall of Fame candidate with more than 41,000 career passing yards. However, that's when a cruel stroke of fate took them by surprise and took Carson Wentz, who was playing like an MVP, out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
The Eagles forced a fumble later in the first half, which replays confirmed. Foles once tossed seven TDs in a game in 2013.
"His toughness is exemplified in all that he does", Quinn said. That's exacerbated when tight end Levine Toilolo motions to the right. "That's where it all starts, coming off the ball, the cadence and stuff like that".
"It's hard when you get to the playoffs and you've put in all the work throughout the year", Ryan said. It was Ajayi's second fumble in two games. Well, you are in luck as the Eagles have just announced that tickets will be going on sale this week! The second-down shovel pass also can be questioned, as much-maligned Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkesian is sure to face some heat from this one.
"That", center Jason Kelce said of the fortunate bounce, "is our old safety flea flicker".
STOPPING JULIO: The Eagles had some success against Julio Jones in their win a year ago, keeping him out of the end zone but allowing 10 catches for 135 yards. Alshon Jeffery was the top receiver with four catches for 61 yards while rookie running back Corey Clement led the team with five receptions for 31 yards.
Jones, a 2017 second-round pick, was activated in Week 17 after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon sustained in a workout before the draft. Ronald Darby will have to cover Jones when he's on his side. When you get in those situations, you want the ball in your hands.
MULTIPLE BACKS: Both teams have options in the backfield. Freeman had only 7 yards on his 10 carries. Several times, Tevin Coleman had open lanes and got nice gains. LeGarrette Blount led the Eagles with 766 yards rushing and scored two TDs. He ran for 130 yards against Atlanta in Miami's win on October 15.