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West coast trip has Eagles prepared for Super Bowl week
In early December, the Philadelphia Eagles spent a week on the west coast between road games against the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams.
They did it strictly for convenience. They didn't want to have to make back-to-back cross-country plane flights.
As it turns out, that week together on the road might benefit them next week when they travel to Minneapolis for Super Bowl week.
"We talked back then that this was sort of a precursor for hopefully this (Super Bowl) opportunity," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Monday, less than a day after his team advanced to Super Bowl LII with an impressive 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. "Kind of going through it a little bit with the team hotel (in Orange County, Calif.), the meetings, the travel to a practice site, the media obligations, and things like that.
"Now, having been through it, it makes it a little easier going up to Minneapolis. But it's just on a grander, bigger stage obviously. The attention will be a lot more. There will be a lot more distractions, a lot more pulling on coaches, players and personnel. Having gone through it in L.A. has really given us a leg up now going up there in a week."
That trip worked out well. After losing to the Seahawks in Seattle, they bounced back and beat the Rams, 43-35, which helped them get the NFC home-field advantage in the playoffs.
When they board a charter for Minnesota next Monday, it will be the first time they will be out of the city since the playoffs began, beating both Atlanta and the Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field.