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Morning Roundup: It's Eagles vs. Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII

Morning Roundup presented by DraftKings Sportsbook
Morning Roundup presented by DraftKings Sportsbook

One more game to go.

The Eagles have to win just one more game to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Broad Street.

The Eagles dismantled the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 to win their third NFC Championship during Jeffrey Lurie's tenure as Chairman and CEO.

"It's rare to win the NFC Championship. I appreciate it. I appreciate everyone in our building, and the incredible work, and our fans," Lurie said. "But our focus from September on has been winning the Super Bowl."

The Eagles will face former head coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, February 12 in Super Bowl LVII.

• Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro looks at how the Eagles captured the NFC Championship.

"This is something you dream about your whole life," Head Coach Nick Sirianni said. "Like I said to the guys, we've all been dreaming about it, whether you were dreaming about it when you were two, 10, 14, 18 or when you got in the NFL, this is something we all dream about, and we get to do it because we did it better than anybody else in the NFC this year. It's pretty special. Fans were awesome.

"Atmosphere was unbelievable. When you guys go into our indoor (facility), there's always that picture in the back part of it of the 2017 NFC Championship Game, and it's just the electricity of the stadium. We're looking forward to getting another picture up there of this special moment that we had."

• Sage Hurley looked at how within two years, Sirianni and quarterback Jalen Hurts have the Eagles on the verge of a Super Bowl title.

The message from Coach Sirianni to the team all year has been that the next game is the most important one. Well ...

"Reflecting on everything that we've been able to overcome, to have this opportunity in front of us, we want to take advantage of it," Hurts said. "The atmosphere tonight was amazing. The fans showed up, the energy, all of it. We need to bring that to AZ (the site of the Super Bowl)."

• Spadaro also profiled Haason Reddick, who continued his dominance against the 49ers forcing two turnovers. Reddick has already set an Eagles franchise playoff record with 3.5 sacks during this run.

"It took me six years to get here (to the playoffs). To be able to come home, my first year, and then get here (to the Super Bowl) with the hometown team, it's a blessing. It's a blessing," Reddick said.

Other news and notes from the game:

• Wide receiver DeVonta Smith on his 29-yard reception on the game's opening drive, a one-handed grab on a fourth-and-3 play to extend the drive.

"Make a play on the ball," Smith told Spadaro in the locker room. "Just gotta make it. I didn't have time to (celebrate it). I didn't know if I caught it. It was on to the next play."

• The Eagles are the first NFL team since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens to allow 7-or-fewer points multiple times in a postseason.

Team captain and the longest-tenured member of the team Brandon Graham reacted to getting back to the Super Bowl.

"You know what? It feels great. Because I know how much work we've put into it and you know so many people doubting (Jalen Hurts), and us and J.G. (Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon), 'Can he get the job done?' you know we just stayed focused. And that's what we're doing," Graham said. "We're going to enjoy this win, but we haven't done nothing yet. We've got to finish the deal. We've got one more. All we have to do is put it all in, we're all in."

The Eagles hosted the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field for the NFC Championship and a spot in Super Bowl LVII.

• The Eagles' four rushing touchdowns – 2 by Miles Sanders, 1 by Boston Scott, and 1 by Jalen Hurts – set a single-game franchise playoff record. The 49ers had the league's No. 2 run defense during the season.

"I can't even put it into words, honestly. It's a dream come true for a lot of people on this team, especially myself," Sanders said after the win. "But I mean, the job's not done. We didn't get this far just to get there, we're trying to win it all. We've got one more game for the rest of our lives, and to play our best ball."

• Super Bowl LVII will mark the first time that brothers square off AGAINST each other – as All-Pro center Jason will take on All-Pro tight end Travis of the Chiefs.

Before the Chiefs' game was final, Jason was rooting for a chance to face his brother's team.

"I have a Kansas City sweatshirt that I will wear for the next three hours and that's it for the rest of the year. Win or lose, I am done being a Chiefs fan in three hours," Jason said. "I am looking forward to seeing who wins that one. They are two really good teams. Not trying to get my hopes up, but we'll see who we are playing."

• Of the Eagles' 22 starters on Sunday, six were new additions this offseason – wide receiver A.J. Brown on offense and the following players on defense: defensive tackle Linval Joseph, linebacker Haason Reddick, linebacker Kyzir White, cornerback James Bradberry, and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

Why are all of those pieces able to fit so well together?

"I think we have a great locker room," Kelce said. (Executive Vice President/General Manager) Howie (Roseman) and the front office, and all of those guys do a phenomenal job at trying to figure out which pieces fit, as well as taking in the coach's perspective. I think that is the thing that is very similar between this year and 2017 that all of the guys we have brought in are very important pieces and they are all playing the best football they have played. To make all of those acquisitions, on top of a team that ended the regular season last year on a high note. We have really compounded on it this year."

• Roseman is the second general manager to reach the Super Bowl twice with a different head coach and quarterback in each season, joining Baltimore's Ozzie Newsome (2000 and 2012).

• It's no secret that Lane Johnson is playing through pain with a groin injury. Once again, even against the likely winner of the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Nick Bosa, Johnson didn't allow a quarterback sack or a hit.

"Shout out to the training staff," said Johnson, who acknowledged that the chance to play in another Super Bowl would be worth it.

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