The road to Super Bowl LII is coming through South Philly. In terms of Philadelphia pro sports, this is about as exciting as it gets, besides of course bringing home a world championship parade. Sunday, at 6:40 p.m., all eyes will be glued on Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Way. It’s going to be a classic battle between the No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles and No. 2 Minnesota Vikings.
This is not the first time the Birds have hosted a conference championship game. Many likely remember the 2004 game the most, as that was the year the Eagles defeated the Falcons 27–10 at the Linc, and advanced to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
But we cannot forget about the 1980 season when the Eagles hosted the hated Dallas Cowboys in the title game at Veterans Stadium. More than 70,000 fans were in attendance to see the likes of Wilbert Montgomery (pictured), Ron Jaworski, Harold Carmichael, Bill Bergey, Tony Franklin and coach Dick Vermeil defeat the Cowboys, 20–7. Montgomery rushed for 194 yards in the game, including a 42-yard touchdown run. The former running back finished the season with a team best 778 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns.
Come Sunday, the likes of Nick Foles, Fletcher Cox, Jay Ajayi, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Graham and others will look to follow in the footsteps of Montgomery and company.