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Jeffrey Lurie

Eagles join Patriots' party

PHILADELPHIA - The football game played yesterday at frozen Lincoln Financial Field was, in a sense, misidentified. Billed as the NFC championship game, it was really the Super Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans.

They weren't dealing with a large, metaphorical monkey on their backs because of the Eagles' failure to win the Super Bowl. The monkey's presence derived from the Eagles' failure to get to the Super Bowl, losing three straight conference title games.

Beating the Atlanta Falcons yesterday gave the Eagles what they had to have this season, the one achievement that would keep them from becoming known as their generation's Buffalo Bills or Minnesota Vikings -...