Eagles' winning Linc to Super Bowl champs

Posted: January 07, 2014

IF THE PAST is any indication, the San Diego Chargers will win next month's Super Bowl.

Our prediction has nothing to do with the talents of quarterback Philip Rivers, running backs Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead, or receivers Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates.

It's based solely on the Eagles' Linc to the past six Super Bowl winners.

Over the last four seasons, the team that the Eagles have played in their home opener has gone on to win the Super Bowl.

Furthermore, the last six Super Bowl champions all played at the Linc during the season they won the big game.

Last year it was the Ravens, who lost to the Eagles, 24-23 in the opener at the Linc, then went on to beat the 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII.

The season before that, the Giants beat the Eagles, 29-16, in the third game of a season that culminated with New York's 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

In 2010, the Birds lost their home opener to the Packers, 27-20. Not surprisingly, Green Bay beat the Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV.

And in 2009, the Eagles were blown out by the Saints, 48-22. New Orleans won Super Bowl XLIV with a 31-17 victory over the Colts.

In 2008, there was a missing Linc. But just barely.

The Steelers - the second team to play the Birds in Philly that season, went on win Super Bowl XLIII, 27-23, over the Cardinals.

Now back to this season.

In September's home opener, the Eagles lost to San Diego, 33-30. The Chargers went on a a 9-7 season, but not worry: The Linc was with them.

Yesterday, San Diego beat the Bengals in Cincinnati, 27-20, in a wild-card playoff. It was the Bengals' only loss at home this season.

This Sunday, the Chargers play at Denver.

The Broncos, of course, are favored.

But the Chargers have a Linc to the past that can't be ignored.

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