Yes, the Eagles are are 8-point underdogs going into the NFC divisional round of the NFL Playoffs against the New Orleans Saints, who ended the season tied for the best record in the league. But Philadelphia has a bigger fan base — one that stretches across the nation. Proof? Just look to Google trends.
Over the past month, search interest not only spiked higher for the Birds than for New Orleans, but also spread to many more states.
It makes sense: during their Super Bowl LII run, the Eagles basically became America’s team (sorry not sorry, Dallas).
The underestimated fighters from Philly captured the hearts of people all over the the country who wanted to see them take out the cold-blooded Patriots — and it looks like a lot of those fans are still on the bandwagon.
Looking at the past 30 days, interest peaks for each team during the weekend, when games occurred. In each cycle, the Eagles graph reaches a higher interest intensity. (Last week, Drew Brees and co. didn’t play since they had a first-round playoff bye, so that explains the huge disparity at the end of the graph.)
And over the past month, those people more interested in the Saints than the Eagles were only in a relatively small cluster of states that surround Louisiana, while Philly’s fanbase stretches across the land.
In conclusion: GO BIRDS! Do it for America.