As you are well aware, the New Orleans Saints put a 48-7 shellacking on the Philadelphia Eagles back in week 11.
Thanks to the double doink, the Eagles are moving on. But as Doug Pederson said- “I don’t have to tell ya where we’re headed next weekend.”
Look at the players reaction in this video…
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 7, 2019
…they want revenge in the worst way.
Lets face the facts… the Saints wanted to embarrass the Eagles in front of the entire world. Sean Payton clearly ran up the score. He was pissed that the Saints didn’t have a shot at the Eagles last year, his players clearly felt the same, and everyone in that Eagles locker room knows it.
SO….. what I see in front of me is the ULTIMATE revenge situation.
Quite frankly I’m salivating over it.
We have all seen this story play out before……
Just a note for Eagles fans. In 2005 when I was coaching the Colts we beat the Steelers in Week 12 26-7 in a game we totally dominated. Steelers came back to Indy in Divisional round and beat us and went on to win Super Bowl XL. Playoffs are a new season. We’ll see what happens.
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 7, 2019
Yes Tony, YES!
In Week 12 the then 10-0 Tony Dungy led Colts dominated the 7-3 Steelers in Indianapolis on Monday Night Football to move to 11-0. They would finish the season as the # 1 seed in the AFC with a 14-2 record.
However, they would see the Steelers again in Indy.
Just like the 2018 Eagles, the 2005 Steelers were a wildcard team riding a hot streak. And Just like the Eagles, they were a heavy (8.5) underdog playing the # 1 seed.
The Steelers went up 21-3 in this game and were able hold off the 14-2 Colts, 21-18, for the huge upset victory.
They would go on to beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.
The 2007 Giants opened the season with a 45-35 loss in Dallas. Then in week 10 they lost again to the the Cowboys in New York, 31-20.
The Cowboys would finish the season as the # 1 seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record. After an epic regular season finale vs the undefeated Patriots, the Giants won in Tampa Bay, setting up a third meeting with the Cowboys.
The Giants were a 7 point underdog, but beat the Cowboys 21-17 to move onto the NFC Championship Game.
I just mentioned that the 2007 Giants opened the season with a loss in Dallas. Then in week two they played Green Bay at home and were blasted 35-13, falling to 0-2.
As we know, they would eventually get their revenge on the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round of the playoffs which set them up with another revenge situation, this time with the Green Bay Packers.
The Giants were again a heavy (7.5) underdog. The Packers were 13-3. It was -1 with a wind chill factor of -23. Tom Coughlin was literally frozen. The Giants had no chance to win this game!
They won. 23-20.
The Giants would win another revenge game two weeks later, as they beat the undefeated Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
In week 11 of the 2011 season, the Giants lost to the 11-0 Green Bay Packers 38-35 in New York. They fell to 6-6 and were pretty much left for dead. However, they would sneak into the playoffs at 9-7 after beating the Cowboys in a week 17 “win and your in” game.
After a win in Atlanta, they advanced to the divisional round for a rematch with the 15-1 defending Super Bowl Champion, Green Bay Packers.
The Giants were an 8 point underdog in this game, but dominated the Packers throughout en route to a 37-20 victory.
They would of course go on to beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 46.
Back in week 15 of 2012, the Ravens lost at home to the Peyton Manning led Broncos, 34-17.
Despite the loss, they ended up winning the NFC North and defeated the Colts in the wild card round.
That win set up a rematch with the # 1 seeded 13-3 Denver Broncos. Denver was a 9 point favorite in this game, but the Ravens went toe-to-toe with the high powered Broncos and got their revenge by beating them in overtime, 38-35.
The Ravens would end up beating the 49ers in Super Bowl 47.
-Can it happen again?
Here we go again. The Eagles are a heavy underdog, going up against a tough # 1 seed, on the road, in a revenge situation.
This Eagles team reminds me A LOT of the 2011 Giants. A team that is hot, experienced, and out for blood.
Do not dismiss the revenge factor, it’s a real thing!
We have seen it before. Will we see it again on Sunday?
I’m starting to get that feeling.
Just a reminder that every team on this list eventually went on to win the Super Bowl. #JustSayin.