Back when Carson Wentz suffered an ACL injury in Week 14, some optimistic folks were quick to point out the Eagles’ Super Bowl hopes weren’t over just yet. The name invoked at the time was Jeff Hostetler, a backup quarterback for the 1990 Giants who ultimately led New York to a title.
As it turns out, the Eagles have more similarities to that team than you probably realized. Via Adam Lefkoe of Bleacher Report:
I did a little Pepe Silvia digging, and I’ve realized that the Eagles are just like the 1990 Giants and they are going to win the Super Bowl.
And here is the reason why: 1990 Giants, Week 15, they had a young rural school quarterback drafted in the Top 10 that wore number 11 and he got hurt. He broke his foot… What do you know, the 2017 Eagles top 10 pick at small rural school, that wears number 11 tears his ACL in the last few games of the year. Who do the Giants turn to? They turn to Jeff Hostetler, a third round pick that was so frustrated with the game, he contemplated retirement that season. Who do the Eagles turn to? A third round pick in Nick Foles that was frustrated with the game and was contemplating retirement earlier that season, wouldn’t ya know.
In the playoff games this is what the Giants did. They blew out an NFC North team [Giants 31- Bears 3] and then they went on to beat the reigning NFC Champions by scoring 15 points [Giants 15- 49ers 13]. The Philadelphia Eagles blew out an NFC North team [Eagles 38 - Vikings 7] and then also beat the NFC Champions by scoring 15 points.
Who do the Giants face in that Super Bowl? The Giants were an underdog that faced and AFC East team [Buffalo Bills] that would play in 4 Super Bowl that decade. In the Super Bowl, the Eagles are the underdog to an AFC East team that are playing in their fourth Super Bowl this decade.
Back in that Super Bowl you know how the Giants won? Scott Norwood. Missed it. Wide right. You know where Scott Norwood went to college? James Madison University. This is [Stephen] Gostkowski. Do you know where he went to school? Not James Madison ... Madison Central High School ... it’s gonna happen.
The Eagles are the 1990 New York Giants, they will win the Super Bowl. Pepe Silvia is real. Just know where you heard it from first. Stephen Gostkowski ... wide right.
If the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win is going to come down to a missed field goal, I think a lot of people are going to have a heart attack. Worth it, though.
This comparison probably means nothing, but don’t you just think it’s at least possible the Eagles are a team of destiny? I mean ...
This L stands for Lombardi trophy, obv.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 2, 2017
Fav this tweet for when the Eagles win the Super Bowl under Doug Pederson’s guidance as head coach.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 14, 2016
The NFL Draft being hosted in Dallas is extra reason for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl this year.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) October 18, 2017
Swoop says the Eagles are going undefeated and winning the Super Bowl this year. pic.twitter.com/P2umb7SbLj— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 20, 2017
Malcolm Jenkins says it’s "not crazy" to think Eagles can make the Super Bowl https://t.co/5h3wTvbC0L— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) July 13, 2017
Doug Pederson thinks Eagles probably have more talent than his Packers team that won the Super Bowl https://t.co/7qWXR6BmJ4— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) July 17, 2017
Lane Johnson says he’ll give out beer to everybody if Eagles win a Super Bowl https://t.co/4Icn49ohKO— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) August 3, 2017
Jason Peters thinks Eagles have a good chance to win the Super Bowl https://t.co/e0zuq8LaZP— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) June 15, 2017
Bet on the Birds.