Photos: On an *almost* perfect day, Eagles fans tailgate for the first time in two seasons

A win would’ve been nice, but it was a gorgeous Sunday in South Philadelphia.

The parking lots at Lincoln Financial Field were full

The parking lots at Lincoln Financial Field were full

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At 80 degrees and sunny, the weather couldn’t have been better. Thanks to an under-anticipated Week 1 victory, the vibes were good. And with vaccination rising and many COVID restrictions rolled back, Eagles fans were hype for their first home tailgate since 2019.

The parking lot of Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday was full of grills, games, and partying — and even the team’s loss couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm.

“Not the outcome we wanted, but whatever,” Instagram user @kelsyklong posted next to a pair of portraits with friends. “The Linc was popping and WE ARE BACK!”

“We lost but it felt damn good to be back home,” read a similar post from @christine_lee713.

It was a rough day for coach Nick Sirianni and the players on the field, who dominated in the first half but missed several chances to make points. Despite quarterback Jalen Hurts’ heroic efforts to run the ball downfield himself in the 4th quarter, the Eagles ended up slipping to the San Francisco 49ers, 17-11. Plus, they lost two important team members: Brandon Brooks, whose pectoral injury is still being evaluated; and defensive end Brandon Graham, who’s likely out for the season with a torn Achilles.

But Graham was still full of positivity when he tweeted after the game. “We still about to shock the world! I will just be leading from the sidelines this year,” he said.

That attitude matched the energy outside the stadium, where most people were just happy to be back partying with friends and family.

Tailgating is a tradition for hundreds of Philadelphians, and they showed up this week. Even Ala Stanford, founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, was at the game.

Scroll down for more scenes from South Philly on an almost perfect day.

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Fans poured through the gates as soon as they were opened.

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Swoop and the Eagles band and cheer squad were there to bring the hype

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Scalpers were thrilled to have fans back in South Philly

Scalpers were thrilled to have fans back in South Philly

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When your old quarter back had No. 11 and your new one has No. 1, a DIY jersey is easy

When your old quarter back had No. 11 and your new one has No. 1, a DIY jersey is easy

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For many people, the day felt like a reunion

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'Go Birds' was everywhere you looked, even up

'Go Birds' was everywhere you looked, even up

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Eric Wayne roasted a whole hog for the occasion

Eric Wayne roasted a whole hog for the occasion

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People rolled up in RVs and trailers, trucks and vans

People rolled up in RVs and trailers, trucks and vans

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The Philly attitude was on display

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There were a surprising number of San Francisco fans out on the pavement

There were a surprising number of San Francisco fans out on the pavement

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No incidents were reported, but there was plenty of side eye

No incidents were reported, but there was plenty of side eye

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Philly sports personalities were out in full force

Fans played beer pong, cornhole, and plain old catch, like Justyn Myers and Selina Hawkins

Fans played beer pong, cornhole, and plain old catch, like Justyn Myers and Selina Hawkins

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Any square inch of side walk was game for taking over

Gatherings even took over the sidewalks

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Sun glinted off the FanWalk's commemorative pavers

Sun glinted off the FanWalk's commemorative pavers

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The Birds’ next home game is Sunday, Oct. 3, vs. Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

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