The Philadelphia Eagles had themselves quite the game on Saturday, as they beat down their division rival New York Giants in the divisional round of the 2022 playoffs, 38-7.
The game wasn’t close, to be frank, and the fans made the environment even better. Some of the best fans in all of sports showed up and showed out, and it didn’t go unnoticed.
I know the Seahawks get the reputation for their fans being the 12th man, but on Saturday the Eagles really had an extra man on the field with their home-field advantage.
And, as I said earlier, it didn’t go unnoticed.
“I’m going to (go home), blast my doggone music,” Eagles cornerback Darius Slay said after the game. “I’m going to let my neighbors know it’s going down tonight… That sh*t was electric. That sh*t was mind-blowing…I went out there, like, ‘Damn, I felt like all 80,000 of us was playing together.’”
The home-field advantage is real in Philadelphia. It doesn’t get talked about as much as places like Seattle and Kansas City do when it comes to home-field advantage, but they are pretty loud too.
This is why the Eagles stressed getting the number one seed in Week 18. They needed that win, and Saturday showed why because I can only imagine how much worse it will be for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game hosted at Lincoln Financial Field.
The 49ers are a great team too, with an amazing and loyal fan base just like the Eagles. And, even though they are literally all the way across the country, I can guarantee you they will have some fans there as well.
So this weekend is even more important, for obvious reasons. But, the fans now have a bigger reason to cheer for their Eagles. They get to see if they can do what the team did in 2017.
Slay saying Slay things: "I’m gonna (go home), blast my doggone music. I’m going to let my neighbors know it’s going down tonight." #Eagles— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) January 22, 2023
"That shit was electric. That shit was mind-blowing…I went out there, like, ‘Damn, I felt like all 80,000 of us was playing together.’"
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