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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 29: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the third quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

They’re back! Yesterday afternoon the Eagles punched their ticket back to the Super Bowl. They did it by putting up 31 points against the best defense in the league. They did it by having the 2nd best defense in the league and the best pass rush out there. It didn’t take long for that Eagles pass rush to get home and completely change the game. As he did all season long Haason Reddick came flying off the edge and laid a hit on QB Brock Purdy, knocking the ball loose and bending Purdy’s arm in at the elbow. The fact that they got the 49ers starting QB out as quickly as they did probably doesn’t change what was coming from that defense yesterday. They showed early that it was going to be a LONG day for the 9ers QB. The San Fran defense did everything they could to keep it close for a while, but eventually the Eagles offensive line over powered the # 1 defense to the tune of 4 rushing TDs. What a day it was to be an Eagles fan.What a 2 weeks it’s going to be in town as we all get geared up for a 2nd Super Bowl appearance in 5 years. Something that not even the Andy Reid led Eagles teams did.

Driving in this morning I heard someone ask are we currently in the best era of Eagles football? Let’s consider it as the Super Bowl era stretch of Eagles history. This current era being 2017-?? The 2000-2004 Eagles where a consistent 1 seed and NFC Conference Championship participant, but just couldn’t get over the hump. Each year’s conference championship loss more painful than the last, but up to that point in that was as the best, most consistent stretch of great football we had seen. Now, that is very much a different story. The Eagles made it to the top, they conquered what the 2000-2004 Eagles never could. So this era has been Super Bowl, divisional round loss, wild card loss, missed playoffs, wild card round loss, Super Bowl return. 2 Super Bowls appearances (possibly a 2nd win) in 5 years under 2 different coaching staffs, basically 2 completely different teams.

That early 2000’s run was fun, but even if they don’t win in a couple weeks I think we’re currently in the golden age for this Eagles franchise. If they do win Super Bowl 57 then it’s just a lock that we’re in it. Credit to Jeffrey Lurie (and Howie Roseman) for building this team. We’ve been lucky enough to watch really good football in this city most seasons since Lurie hired Andy Reid. Sure, there were a couple blips over the course of the past 23 years,(ahem Chip Kelly), but overall it’s been an absolutely great run of Eagles football.

Go Birds!

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