NFC Championship Game: Everything Eagles Fans Need to Know

Our beloved Philadelphia Eagles will host the NFC Championship Game Sunday  here in Philadelphia. A spot in the Super Bowl on the line and we want to make sure fans are prepared.

The game may be the main event, but from getting there to tailgating to where to watch, there is so much more to game day (and the lead up) than just what’s going on inside Lincoln Financial Field.

Here are the answers to some of your biggest questions.

When is the game?

The Eagles take on the Vikings at the Linc in South Philadelphia Sunday at 6:40 p.m.

I want to go to the game but I don’t have a ticket, what can I do?

The game is sold out so plan on forking over hundreds of dollars for a ticket. Tickets on resale sites including Stub Hub and Ticketmaster’s official NFL TicketExchange started around $550 as of Friday morning.

You can also be near the action by heading to XFINITY Live! Just plan on getting there early if you want a premiere spot.

How can I watch the game?

The game can be seen on Fox on TV. Smartphone users can watch the game on the Yahoo! Sports app.

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When can we start tailgating?

The Eagles have spread out the opening of official parking lots:

11:30 a.m. - Wells Fargo, M, N and P lots open
1 p.m. - K Lot opens
3 p.m. - Citizens Bank Park lots open

Normally, tailgating is not allowed in the parking lots north of Pattison Avenue and west of Darien Street (Lots Q-W and the lot near the Nova Care Complex.)

SpotHero is allowing people to reserve parking near the stadium starting but as of Thursday morning no spots were available.

Just don't plan on parking anywhere along Broad Street. Philadelphia police banned parking on Broad below South Street Sunday.

How do I find the best lot?

For the first time, the Eagles are teaming up with Waze to help fans "navigate to the parking lots at Lincoln Financial Field."

Forget about parking, I plan on taking public transit. Will SEPTA be running extra service?

SEPTA has 10 Broad Street Line express trains planned to depart from Fern Rock (times TBA). The Lana Del Ray concert is also set for the stadium complex Sunday night at 8, so expect plenty of people on the trains.

What’s the easiest way to pay for SEPTA?

Make sure you have a SEPTA Key, You can find out where you can purchase one prior to the game here. The city transit agency announced "a special discounted round-trip pass" that can be used on the subway. The pass will cost $4 and be sold on game day at three locations on the Broad Street Line: Fern Rock Transportation Center, at the Dilworth Park entrance to the City Hall Station and at the Walnut/Locust Station.

When can I get into the stadium?

HeadHouse Plaza opens at 3:30 p.m. for fans wanting to beat the rush through security gates.

Club and Suites, as well as inner gates open at 4:30 p.m.

Gate flares urging fans to get into the stadium will go off at 5:40 and 5:55 p.m.

The normal clear bag policy (sized 12x6X12 or smaller) is in place. Here is what you need to know about what can and can't go inside the Linc.

Who is performing the national anthem?

Retired Naval Petty Officer, 1st Class, Generald Wilson will sing the "Star Spangled Banner" as members of the United States military display a large American flag.

Challenger the Bald Eagle will flyover the crowd before kickoff.

Also keep an eye out for honorary captains (And Eagles' NFC Championship Game heroes) Brian Dawkins and Wilbert Montgomery pregame.

Who is playing halftime?

Philly's own The Roots will take a break from "The Tonight Show" to rock the Linc.

Which team is favored?

Grab those (under)dog masks because the top-seeded Eagles are likely going to enter as an underdog, again. As of Friday, most Las Vegas sportsbooks had the Vikings as a three-point favorite.

Where can I get a dog mask like the ones worn by some of the Eagles after the win over the Falcons?

You can buy the masks online but they might not arrive before game day. Expect to see a few homemade masks in the crowd Sunday.

How is NBC10 getting fans ready?

NBC10 is the official television station of the Philadelphia Eagles and we will be getting fans fired up all week. 

Come see the Eagles Road to Victory Bus as it stops throughout the region. We'll have giveaways -- and you can sign the bus to support the team. See the schedule here.

Missing Attachment The Philadelphia Eagles are going to battle the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game for a chance to go to Super Bowl LII. NBC10 is your official Eagles station, and will have Eagles specials all weekend long.

Then stay with NBC10 throughout the weekend for a series of specials, especially before and after Sunday’s game:

Friday, 7 p.m. – Eagles Road to Victory Special

Saturday, 7 p.m. – NBC10 Presents ‘Fly Eagles Fly’

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – Inside the Eagles

Sunday, 10 a.m. – Eagles Game Plan

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – Eagles Gameday Kickoff Live

Sunday, 11 a.m. – NBC10 News Playoff Special Live (leading up to Flyers hockey at 12:30 p.m.)

Sunday, 10 p.m. – NBC10 News: Playoff Special Live

Sunday, 11:35 p.m. – Eagles Gameday Final Live

Hold on, isn't there also a 'Road to Victory Bus' rolling through town?

Yes, NBC10 and Telemundo62 teamed up with AAA and NBC Sports Philadelphia to have the bus soar through town. A full schedule is available here.

How can I share my video of 'Fly Eagles Fly?'

Share it on or through the NBC10 app and you might see yourself on TV.

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Which players should I be keeping an eye on?

The Eagles success starts and finishes with quarterback Nick Foles. Since star QB Carson Wentz was lost for the season in December, Foles has had some good (including the Falcons game) and bad games. Foles playing well will be key for the Eagles.

The Vikings also have a quarterback who didn’t start the season as the starter. Case Keenum (Foles former teammate on the Rams) has shined since taking over for injured (former Eagles) QB Sam Bradford. His miracle walk-off touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs propelled the Vikings into the NFC Championship Game.

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When was the last time the Eagles played in the NFC Championship Game?

The Eagles lost to the Cardinals in Arizona on Jan. 18, 2009. The last time the Eagles hosted the NFC Championship Game, they beat the Falcons on Jan. 23, 2005 to go to Super Bowl XXXIX.

When the Eagles win, which team will they face in the Super Bowl?

The AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars will be decided Sunday afternoon. Super Bowl LII takes place in Minnesota (of all places) on Sunday, Feb. 4.

Feel free to ask other questions in the comments and we may be able to get an answer for you.

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