Philadelphia prepares for riots, chaos in aftermath of Eagles' game

When it comes to fan behavior in Philadelphia, local authorities are treating the potential for a riot scene after the NFC Championship Game as a realistic threat.

City and regional authorities began preparing for a destructive scene anticipated in the potential aftermath of a win by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game on Sunday.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Cornerback Jalen Mills #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 15 to 10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the Atlanta Falcons during the fourth quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 15-10. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons attempts to make a catch against cornerback Ronald Darby #41 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a first-down pass as he is tackled by cornerback Ronald Darby #41 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Outside linebacker Nigel Bradham #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammate defensive end Derek Barnett #96 after sacking quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back LeGarrette Blount #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled as he runs the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles misses a pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after Jake Elliott #4 kicked a 53 yard field goal against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Cornerback Jalen Mills #31 and defensive back Randall Goforth #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles take a knee in the endzone before playing against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Injured Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with teammate Trey Burton #88 prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a call while playing against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Running back Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against cornerback Jalen Mills #31 and defensive end Brandon Graham #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The pre-Super Bowl party plan included police meeting with individual business owners and sending warnings via Facebook and posted signage near Lincoln Financial Field.

In a memo from the 15th Police District signed by commissioner Richard Ross Jr., bar owners were discouraged from selling beer in bottles and business that are not open received reminders to "lock grates and please remove anything outside your business -- trash cans, flower pots, etc."

By Sunday, authorities were in the streets applying thick layers of Crisco shortening and cooking lard to light poles, street signs and other stationary objects. The lubricants are designed to make surfaces of the metal poles and facades slick to prevent fans from climbing all structures.

Police warned business owners near the site of Sunday night's NFC title game against the Minnesota Vikings that they could not protect every business from expected damage should the Eagles advance to the Super Bowl.

Similar warnings were shared by travel agencies for Vikings' fans daring to trek to Philadelphia to witness history themselves. A win would mean the Vikings become the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Fans leaving Minnesota -- one airline chartered multiple flights to Philly and they sold out -- were warned to remove team gear if the Vikings win.

Philadelphia has never won the NFL's winner-take-all championship game, to be played in two weeks at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

--Field Level Media

 

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