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This, already? Lane Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles got the trash-talk started super-early for Super Bowl LII in his postgame comments following his team’s blowout win in the NFC Championship Game over the Minnesota Vikings. And yes, even if Johnson’s just playing around, this is some legitimate, solid trash-talk.

Tom Brady and the Patriots’ epic run of excellence will make them the favorites in the Super Bowl over the Eagles. And one of the major storylines will be whether the underdog Eagles can knock off the NFL’s reigning kings. Especially Brady, who immediately became Johnson’s target when he spoke to reporters.

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“I know,” said Johnson when told the Patriots opened as 5.5-point favorites, via ESPN‘s Tim McManus. “Hey, Tom Brady. Pretty boy Tom Brady. He’s the best quarterback of all time, so, nothing I’d like to do more than dethrone that guy.”

Tom Brady reacts after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady reacts after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Lane Johnson: Actual Trash Talk

Perhaps Brady should take the “pretty boy” thing as a compliment, considering he’s a 40-year-old grown-ass man at this point. And to be fair, Johnson also acknowledged that Brady is the G.O.A.T.

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Obviously Johnson, like literally everyone in America outside of New England, wants more than anything to “dethrone” him. So ultimately, this is some harmless trash-talk that clearly won’t impact the game itself.

Still … trash-talk it is. No matter the context, you call Brady a “pretty-boy,” you’re plastered all over the internet and picked apart. But if the Eagles do find a way to “dethrone” the Patriots in the Super Bowl, Lane Johnson will be low on the list of reasons why.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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