The 12th Man: Philadelphia Eagles’ fans continue to fill away stadiums

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ fanbase has gained a rough reputation throughout the NFL, but for the Eagles and their travels, this only serves as an advantage.

A day after the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon, it became time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The birds defeated the ‘Skins 37-27, thanks to a late Carson Wentz touchdown and a Nigel Bradham fumble recovery on the last play of the game.

In a game where rookie Miles Sanders played stellar and Carson Wentz had a perfect fourth quarter with two touchdowns, there is something that is missing from the stat sheet.

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The fans

Philadelphia Eagles’ fans are definitely well-known around the National Football League, however not for the best of reasons. Eagles fans are notorious for “hating Santa Clause,” and just being “cruel” and “reckless.” Sure, this may show some cause for concern for other teams and other fan bases, but one thing is for sure.

The Eagles need to thank their fans much more.

Any interview throughout Philadelphia sports, you will see the professional players thanking fans, or even being scared of them. However, the Eagles organization needs to do more to acknowledge their fans.

Eagles fans travel well. And by well, literally meaning they nearly fill every away stadium. The numbers don’t lie, as their road games average 72,318 fans per game, second in the NFL. This only trails Buffalo by 76 fans on average.

Eagles fans define passion. Opposing teams actually need to game plan around the Eagles’ fans – even in their own stadium. This passion played a crucial role in winning a must-win game against the Redskins Sunday afternoon.

Just check out this video; a stadium that is supposed to be filled with red and gold is filled with green. It’s the holiday season, sure, but there was much more green than red.

They can thank groups such as Phans of Philly for organizing these trips, whether they be by bus or plane. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, Eagles’ fans love their team and will go above and beyond to make sure they win. It’s pretty evident by the cheers.

Miles Sanders has come full circle. dark. Next

The Philadelphia Eagles can credit their win Carson Wentz’s dart of a pass late in the game, but fans deserve much more credit for their travels than they’ll ever get. There was finally a victory chant at FedEx Field, but it went E-A-G-L-E-S.