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Eagles first top-seed 'dog in division round

Eagles first top-seed 'dog in division round
From ESPN - January 7, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles are poised to do something no other No. 1 seed ever has -- begin the playoffs as an underdog.

The Atlanta Falcons opened as 2.5-point favorites over the Eagles in Saturday's divisional round game in Philadelphia.

Since 1975, when the NFL began basing home-field advantage on teams' regular-season winning percentage, no No. 1 seed has ever been an underdog in its first playoff game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Barring dramatic line movement, the Eagles will be the first.

The Eagles lost quarterback Carson Wentz to a knee injury in early December and have not looked the same team with backup Nick Foles under center.

Westgate Superbook oddsmaker Ed Salmons estimates the Eagles, with a healthy Wentz, could have been as much as 6.5-point favorites over the Falcons. Without him, Salmons and other Las Vegas oddsmakers say Philadelphia would be an underdog to any other team in the NFC playoffs this week.

The Falcons beat the Rams 26-13 Saturday to advance and now head to Philadelphia as the first No. 6 seed to be favored in the divisional round.

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