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Eagles fever runs high in Lehigh Valley for playoff game

By Jamie Stover, Reporter, JStover@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 04 2014 04:31:33 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 04 2014 05:20:05 PM CST

Eagles fans are pumped

Eagles fever is running high in the Lehigh Valley, as the birds take on the New Orleans Saints in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs Saturday night.

The Philadelphia Eagles earned a ticket to the wild card round after defeating the Dallas Cowboys and winning the NFC East title.

Fans spent Saturday afternoon gearing up for the game, a match they believe will end with a Philadelphia win.

"I'm ready….I think we are going to take this down," said Bryan Spohn, Eagles fan.

"I don't doubt they are going to win because I truly believe in the Eagles," said Donald Mann, Eagles fan.

"I'm going home and I'll be playing Madden 25 as the Eagles, they'll beat the Saints and we are going to beat them tonight," said Dayna Harmony, Eagles fan.

Schuylkill Valley Sports in Allentown has seen a line of fans all week and a nice boost in sales.

"If it got Eagles on it right now, it's selling," said Andrew Koefer, manager at Schuylkill Valley Sports.

Koefer said most people are shopping for apparel.

Bryan Spohn finished up some last minute errands on Saturday dressed in all Eagles attire. Spohn said he had more to put on before game time.

"I have a scarf, pants, all kinds of things to put on yet, face makeup, bird hat," Spohn said.

The big-screen TVs are ready at Big Woody's in Allentown where a big and boisterous crowd is expected to show.

"As long as they are in the playoffs, they will be in here screaming and driving everyone crazy," said Brittany Leininger, bartender at Big Woody's.

Donald Mann plans on watching the game with a large group.

"I just yell with the crowd," Mann said.