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The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday night. The team, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, beat Tom Brady and the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota. And unfortunately, it sounds like the celebration that broke out in Philadelphia after the game was every bit as wild and out of control as everybody expected it to be.
Overnight, the hashtag #phillypolicescanner started trending on Twitter and captured the complete chaos that erupted in Philly following the Eagles’ historic win. Eagles fans were seemingly on their worst behavior as they took to the streets throughout the city to climb poles, scale fences, jump off awnings, and do all sorts of other crazy things. Here’s just a taste of what you will see if you skim through the tweets that include that hashtag.
You can also find plenty of tweets out there without the #phillypolicescanner hashtag documenting the damage that was done in Philly on Sunday night and into early Monday morning.
Not everyone is thrilled with the way Philly fans behaved in the aftermath of Super Bowl LII. While it’s not out of the ordinary to see sports fans going nuts in their cities following title game wins, some Eagles fans have seemingly gone above and beyond to "celebrate" their team’s Super Bowl victory. Those fans are getting called out by those both inside and outside of the Philadelphia area for being downright destructive.
There are also many people who are pointing out that, if the Eagles fans were people protesting for a just cause they believed in rather than celebrating the outcome of a football game, the reaction to the #phillypolicescanner hashtag would be much different.
As of Monday morning, Philadelphia police haven’t revealed how many arrests were made in Philadelphia following Super Bowl LII. But initial reports indicate quite a bit of property damage throughout the city.
It’s going to be interesting to see how police are able to control crowds in the coming days as hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the city to attend the Eagles’ championship parade. When you consider the fact that there is literally going to be free beer flowing through the streets, it has the potential to be a very long week for the police force in Philly.