Philadelphia Eagles fans scale the city’s greased poles to celebrate the win

Philadelphia Eagles fans began celebrating on the streets of Philadelphia Sunday night after their team’s NFC Championship win over the San Francisco 49ers. The city took a precautionary measure by greasing light poles to discourage revelers from climbing them.

Just like the Eagles, their fans have also begun to claim victories. Fans have already started scaling previously greased bars.

Here are some early photos and videos of fans climbing poles around town to celebrate after the 31-7 win over the 49ers that puts the Philadelphia Eagles into Super Bowl LVII in two weeks.

The Eagles advance to their fourth Super Bowl in team history, meeting Sunday night’s winner between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs.

Philadelphia was last in the Super Bowl five years after the 2017 season. The Eagles beat the Brady-led New England Patriots 41-33.

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A Philadelphia Eagles fan celebrates during the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on January 29, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The Eagles have been billed as the prohibitive top team in the NFL for most of this season. They finished the regular season with the best record in the league, a first-round bye and home advantage through the NFC playoffs.

Ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship game against San Francisco, the city of Philadelphia made the decision to grease up its rods.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney encouraged fans of his hometown team to party “safely and responsibly.”

“As Mayor of this great city, it’s always a pleasure to see all Philadelphians united behind our beloved sports teams,” Kenney said, according to NBC 10. “We encourage fans to cheer safely and responsibly and wish the Eagles the best of luck in their NFC Championship game.” On Sunday.”

The city’s police department continued efforts to “introduce the practice of ‘greasing poles’ as a deterrent to climbing poles and light fixtures”.

Even before fans stormed the streets and started climbing poles, the city cordoned off almost an entire square mile around City Hall.

A police officer greased a pole on the edge of City Hall on Sunday and the city erected barricades at so-called “key points” to control potential unruly fans. They also placed several “Temporary No Parking” signs along South Broad Street near City Hall.

After Sunday night’s game, Mayor Kenney congratulated the team on reaching the Super Bowl but urged the city to be “safe” in their celebration.

Philadelphia culture reporter Stephanie Farr tweeted Sunday night that local police advised fans to disperse.

“Police have just issued their final warning to the crowd on Broad to disperse. When the police officer made the announcement, the crowd made him laugh and after he did, the crowd cheered him on. However, not many people actually broke up. ((Sound on – the Revving is an ATV that does burnouts.)) Philadelphia Eagles fans scale the city’s greased poles to celebrate the win

Rick Schindler

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