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The city of Philadelphia is alive like it hasn’t been in half a century.

The streets are filled with rioting fans, but this time around the riots are celebrating success rather than criticizing failure. This past NFL season ended with a Philadelphia Super Bowl win over the dreaded New England Patriots.

All season long the Eagles were playing like a championship team, losing only three games in the regular season. With only a few games left in the season, the Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL, meaning that his season was undoubtedly over. Eagles fans saw their season dying, but back up quarterback Nick Foles stepped in and filled Wentz’s shoes in grand fashion. Foles led the Eagles through the playoffs with almost no scares.

Reaching the Super Bowl was the easy part though, as the opponent they were facing was the New England Patriots, a Super Bowl contender almost every year. Most sports fans were expecting the Patriots to win, but Philadelphia was confident in their team. In the highest scoring NFL game in history, the Eagles pulled out the win in exciting fashion. The city of Philadelphia was as excited with fans, singing and dancing to the words “Fly Eagles Fly,” a saying that had been absent from Philadelphia native’s lips for a long time.

In the past years, Philadelphia has had a lack of sports successes, and the fans have been very unhappy with their teams performances. The Eagles have been missing the playoffs more regularly, the Sixers have been consistently the worst team in basketball for the past half decade, and the Flyers have been missing the playoffs in hockey more in the recent years. Being a city that worships sports, these results have been under much scrutiny from the public.

The people of Philadelphia had not been blessed with a sporting championship since 1960, over half a century ago.

“It has been way too long since we won a championship, and when the Eagles won it, my family has never been happier,” said Senior Naka Ward, a Philadelphia native. “It was like the entire city was happy at once.”

Full disclosure: As this reporter is sitting in the living room with my Philadelphian father, the clock hit 00:00, and it was one of the more interesting moments of my life. He jumped up out of his chair like a fire ant had bit him on his rear end, and he screamed louder than I had ever heard. He immediately called his brother Steve, who still lives in the Philadelphia area. The conversation they had was very emotional, and the entire family was just ecstatic. The entire city of Philadelphia felt the same.

Philadelphia children missed school to go to the teams parade, and the number of absences that day was through the roof. At a school in downtown Philadelphia that one of our family friends attends, the parking lot on the day of the parade was nearly empty in the student section.

If that doesn’t tell you how important this win was to the city of Philadelphia, nothing else will.

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