Eagles DC warns 49ers of ‘electric’ atmosphere at the Linc originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 49ers’ 10-game winning streak to end the regular season put them in position to host two playoff games at Levi’s Stadium.
Now, after wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco will fly to Philadelphia to face the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
And their first road test won’t be easy.
“Expect it to be electric in there,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said Tuesday. “I was here for a Final Four game, and it was electric — best environment I’ve ever been at or a part of. We’re excited, and we have to go through the week and do a good job to give ourselves a chance to win.”
Gannon was once in the 49ers’ shoes. As an assistant defensive backs coach in Minnesota, Gannon traveled with the Vikings to Lincoln Financial Field for the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 21, 2018.
He recounted sharing a moment with Vikings safety Harrison Smith before that game when they exchanged surprised glances regarding the chaotic noise level in the stadium.
“You could feel the energy, and it’s awesome,” Gannon said. “This is one of the best atmospheres that you’re going to get in the National Football League, and obviously being the championship game, it’ll be heightened.”
Gannon said the crowd noise before that NFC Championship Game was louder pregame than the noise level in the Vikings’ prior playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. In that divisional round game, Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs caught a 61-yard touchdown pass as time expired to beat the New Orleans Saints, a play known as the “Minneapolis Miracle.”
“That was the ‘Minnesota Miracle,’ that game, to come [to Lincoln Financial Field] to play, and I was like, ‘Wow, I don’t know if there will ever be a stadium more electric than that that I’ve been a part of after Diggs has a walk-off,’ ” Gannon said.
“When we were here in warmups, that’s what it was….
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Publish date : 2023-01-25 02:35:48
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