On the heels of Philadelphia’s first ever Super Bowl victory, keep reading for some of the greatest sporting moments in the city’s history, from the Flyers to the Phillies to the Eagles.
Philadelphia’s first – and, until February 4, 2018, only – NFL league title was achieved at the 1960 NFC Championship at Franklin Field, where the Eagles held off the Green Bay Packers off for the second half of the game and managed to scrape out a win, with the final score coming in at 17-14.
Philly’s hockey team, the Flyers, came out on top over the Boston Bruins on the Bruins’ own turf in 1974, right after the Bruins had taken the Stanley Cup just two years earlier. To make things even better, when two of the Soviet Union’s top hockey teams visited the U.S. from late 1975 to early 1976, the Flyers trounced the “Red Army,” or the CSKA, striking a blow for the U.S. against the Union.
The Philadelphia Phillies went to the 1980 World Series as serious underdogs, since they were the only franchise of the original 16 Major League Baseball teams that hadn’t yet won a championship. They defeated the Royals in 1980 right at Veteran’s Stadium, the original home of the Phillies, which has since been demolished.
After rain delays and other mishaps kept the World Series from finishing up, the Phillies won their second World Series in 2008, ending a pro championship drought that had stretched from 1983 (when the 76ers won the NBA Finals).
The Eagles had never won a Super Bowl in franchise history, and in an intense nail-biter of a game, Nick Foles and his loyal, dedicated team soundly defeated the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, with a final score of 41-33, leading Eagles fans to rush Broad Street in pure elation.