Let’s be honest. It’s not easy being an Eagles fan. 

On the field the team has won three NFL Championships but if you’re under the age of 58 none have come in your lifetime. The last was in 1960.  Since the franchise first began playing in 1933 and counting playoffs they have won 581 games and lost 613.

Most importantly to the current generation they have appeared in only two of the previous 51 Super Bowls and have lost both, to the Raiders in 1981 and the Patriots in 2005.  What really ticks off their fans most is that the dreaded Giants, just 85 miles up the NJ Turnpike have won four Super Bowls with two of those coming since the Eagles loss to New England in Super Bowl 39. 

In addition to plenty of disappointment they have also had to live with the tag of being the worst-behaved fans in football. I mean they did boo Santa Claus.

However today is about redemption and joy for all of those who wear the midnight green, black, charcoal and silver and know the words to “Fly Eagles Fly” because not only are the Birds headed to Super Bowl LII (52) but you have to like their chances to win it all at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4.

On Sunday the Eagles fell behind the favored Vikings early but then scored the final 38 points in dismantling Minnesota in front of a frantic and pretty tuned up crowd at Lincoln Financial Field, a/k/a “The Linc.”  Backup quarterback Nick Foles played the game of his life, just a few weeks after he took over for the injured Carson Wentz which just about every Eagles fan thought was the end of their championship hopes.

In order to finally celebrate their first Super Bowl title the Eagles have to dispatch Tom Brady and the Patriots who beat them thirteen years ago in their second and last trip to the biggest annual sporting event in America.  However New England has shown signs of weakness and this just might be the year that there is a victory parade in Philadelphia in February.