PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Hope you’re not waiting in line for your NFC Championship Game tickets yet.
It’s because they’re all gone.
We’re told tickets for Sunday afternoon’s game at Lincoln Financial Field between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers sold out within minutes.
If you were one of the thousands of people who hit Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. on Tuesday — sharp — you’ve probably seen the queue screen.
Many people reported queuing behind over 2,000 people!
There was a limit of four tickets per household, and all tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis.
We caught up with Donte Jarrett who flew to Philadelphia from Southern California to cheer on the Birds.
He is a die-hard Eagles fan and traveled to the NFC Divisional Playoff game on Saturday to see the Eagles defeat the New York Giants.
He sat at the 50-yard line in very good seats that he paid about $1,400 a ticket.
He too logged on at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and was still waiting nearly an hour later, with the screen showing he was halfway through the line.
He says the resale tickets were already more expensive than what he paid for Saturday’s game.
The NFC Championship stage was set after the Eagles beat the Giants and the 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
Kickoff for the NFC Championship Game at the Linc is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday.
Eagles hope home court helps them against 49ers in NFC title game
Nick Sirianni rocked a Meek Mill ‘Dream Chasers’ string amid a raucous locker room party. Jalen Hurts wore a silver chain that said “Breed of One”.
The Eagles have a knack for dangling their mottos on sparkling jewelry. There’s one more piece of bling they’re after: a Super Bowl ring.
The Eagles could have put NFC Championship Game tickets on sale at halftime of their blowout win over the Giants. The game was apparently underway on the first drive when Hurts put his worries about his bumped right shoulder to rest and conducted a touchdown drive. The Linc was tipping over. The Giants were in shock. Hurts and the Eagles looked very much like the Super Bowl contender they were when they started 13-1. The result was a formality.
The 49ers are the next Super Bowl roadblock.
San Francisco rallied behind QB Brock Purdy and won 12 straight games, barely playing like a team that would be intimidated by the hostile Philadelphia crowd. Or one who didn’t feel confident he could slow Hurts and a rushing game that ended with 268 yards against the Giants.
The NFC title game pits the No. 1 vs. No. 2 seeds in the conference. The 49ers are playing their third game for the NFC title in the past four seasons. The Eagles are playing their first game since 2018.
“Our goal is, hey, we’re climbing that mountain,” Sirianni said. “We are close to the top. But don’t look at the top yet.”
The Eagles can see the top – and it’s in Glendale, Arizona.
Hurts proved he wouldn’t be limited by what still hurt his right shoulder he sprained at the end of the season when he delivered another fantastic all-around effort. He threw a through ball on the second play of the game and completed his first seven pass attempts. The Eagles called running plays for their fleet-footed QB and he never seemed shaken by hard licks, especially when the shoulder was drilled on a hard sack. The Eagles improved to a whopping 15-1 in Hurts’ starts this season.
But they’ve been heavy favorites in most games this season and are just 2 1/2 point favorites at home against the 49ers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
That should say something about the toughest challenge the Eagles will face in weeks.
There’s no doubt the Eagles will go as far as their Pro Bowl QB takes them. Hurts completed just 12 of 23 passes for 190 yards when the Eagles lost to San Francisco in their last meeting on Sept. 19, 2021. It was just Sirianni’s second game. Hurts was still adjusting to his starting role. Jimmy Garoppolo started at QB for San Francisco. It’s hard to get much out of this game – although Nick Bosa sacked Hurts twice.
All that matters now is what lies ahead.
“You work really hard for these opportunities. They’re not a dime a dozen,” Hurts said.
All. But let’s leave the ball to the ball carriers. Philadelphia’s offensive line opened up big holes for Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell as the Eagles finished with 268 rushing yards. Gainwell finished with 112 yards on 12 carries, including a late 35-yard touchdown. Sanders had 17 carries for 90 yards.
WHAT IS NOT
Hurts needs to be nimble against the 49ers. Bosa led the NFL with 18 1/2 sacks, safety Tashaun Gipson had five interceptions and safety Talanoa Hufanga had four. Hurts has thrown two interceptions only once this season, in a win over the Bears. He hasn’t really faced a defense as tough and hungry as the 49ers all season. The offensive line was strong against the Giants. They can’t give Bosa any leeway.
Giants QB Daniel Jones tore up the Vikings a week earlier in a wildcard victory and could never do anything against the Eagles. James Bradberry had an interception and Hasson Reddick had 1 1/2 sacks on consecutive plays.
“We’re the best in the world,” Eagles cornerback Darius Slay said. “It’s a group thing. We have the mentality to go out there and dominate.”
OUT OF STOCK
It should come as no surprise that everything clicked against the Giants.
C Jason Kelce said he suffered a quad injury against the Giants.
7 – The Eagles are in their seventh NFC Championship game since Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994. All seven have come since 2001 and are second in the NFL over that span behind only New England (13 ).
The 49ers are the only NFC team to never play a postseason game in Philadelphia. The teams have only met once in the playoffs, San Francisco’s 14-0 victory over the Eagles in a wild card game in 1996. Ty Detmer passed 14 of 21 for 148 yards before being injured and backup Mark Rypien had 5 of 12 passes for 77 yards and an interception. Philadelphia was shut out for the first time in a postseason game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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