Last year Philadelphia opened at home with the Baltimore Ravens who later played the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Prior to going to Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots, the Eagles hosted the Giants in their 2011 Week 3 home opener.
The year before that, Philadelphia opened with Green Bay, who would later beat Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV. And seminally in 2009, Lincoln Financial Field’s Week 2 opener saw the New Orleans Saints trounce the Eagles 48-22 as they went on to win Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts.
Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during player introductions prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Like the “Madden Curse,” the first team that squares off against the Eagles on their home turf each season seems to inherit a destiny. The improbability of a wild card berth during the final two weeks of San Diego’s season was so significant that simply their inclusion in this year’s playoff picture suggests a degree of preordainment.
The Chargers seem to be catching fire late in the season not unlike three of the four previously fated teams, which could be further anointing them “a team of destiny.”
If San Diego wins on Sunday in Foxboro, you can bet that the sports media will start taking notice of that.