Sunday I will be in Philadelphia representing NinerNoise.com at the 49ers vs. Eagles week 4 matchup. I expect it to be a very tough game for the 49ers to win as the offense has struggled both in the running and passing game. The 49ers will need their offensive line to get things together if they ever want this offense to take off this season. While injuries haven’t helped the offense as a whole other than the OL the other offensive position groups have graded out well.
Speaking of injuries 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh actually said something in regards to some for once today. Harbaugh who is known to describe each and ever injury the same “He is working through something right now”. This time was different as Harbaugh said he expected injured players Donte Whitner, Michael Crabtree and Frank Gore to play Sunday. Great news for the team that badly needs all their weapons on the field vs. a strong Eagles team, especially since Gore and Whitner’s status’s seemed very unsettled just yesterday.
2 seasons ago the last time the 49ers visited Philadelphia it was the tail end of the Donovan McNabb era seems so long ago doesn’t it (yet it’s still Alex Smith for the 49ers)? It was the most uncomfortable game of my life, any sport no question about it. A blizzard had just ripped through the North East, up until game day at noon the city of Philadelphia wasn’t sure if they could accommodate the game with all the snow and the game would have been moved to Monday night. I had a 90 minute drive ahead of me on a sunny day, I left my house in south Delaware as soon as they announced the game would be played as scheduled. Driving 20-50 MPH the entire way as I clutched the wheel praying just to make it there on time.
I arrived about 40 minutes before kickoff and had to settle for the furthest lot from the stadium. Did I mention it was 30 degrees below zero? Philadelphia is a city littered with die hard fans whether it’s the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers or 76ers they have some loyal fans. Eagles fans are by far the most passionate about their team you cannot go anywhere during the season from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and parts of New Jersey without seeing at least 1 Eagles jersey.
My wife and I head into the stadium trying to get past the massive tailgating crowd. We are extra excited as both our favorite teams are about to square off against one another (yes I married an Eagles fan) and we’re going to be there to witness it. Only if the Philadelphia crowd saw it that way. Understanding that I am heading into arguably the most hostile stadium in the entire NFL maybe all of professional sports dressed from head to toe in 49ers gear. Patrick Willis jersey, 9ers hat, 9ers jacket, gloves the works. This is the same place that I witnessed a group of grown men throw trash at and dump beer on a small woman no more than 5 ft 5 in tall 125 lbs with her 2 children no more than 6 years old because they were wearing Tampa Bay Bucs jerseys to a Wild Card playoff matchup with the Eagles.
The entire game any time anything even remotely good occurred for the Eagles I was yelled at and harassed, on the flip side God forbid the 49ers get a 1st down or score then things were thrown and language a convict would be opposed to hearing was the norm. The extreme cold did provide some assistance as no one was drinking anything cold and the second anything liquid even coffee or hot chocolate hit the air it froze immediately so I didn’t fall victim to a beer over the head like those poor Bucs fans. Philadelphia is known for it’s brawls in the crowd. So much so that both their former and current stadiums have courtrooms and a small holding jail underneath the stadium. This week was no different, there were several fights so rest assured my California friends you guys are not the only fans throwing down in the stands. The 49er fans involved in the fights that I could see appeared to do nothing but stand and cheer for the team and throw a comment back at the many coming his way every now and again until things escalated.
Here’s a video of the game I went to and the disgusting Eagles fans.
Oh and did I mention the 49ers got demolished? Deshaun Jackson destroyed us and the 49ers couldn’t get anything going losing the game by double digits. The 49ers bring a much better team with them this time but the same QB.
Expect 49ers Kicker David Akers to receive a huge roar from the crowd when he returns to Philadelphia for the first time since leaving after 14 seasons with the team. The Eagles selected a K in the 4th round of this years draft signaling the end of Akers tenure with the team. Akers was the first signifigant free agent signing by the 49ers this offseason and is off to a great start already having kicked the longest Field Goal in Candlestick Park’s history.
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