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Eagles fan who ran into subway pole alive!

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Eagles fan who ran into subway pole alive!

Updated: 6:31 p.m.

An Eagles fan whose attempt to rally subway passengers for a playoff game ended with him running into a concrete pole says he's doing OK and a viral video shows the "passion" of Philly fans.

Jigar Desai said his pain eased with the Eagles' 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game Sunday night.

The mishap occurred while Desai was heading to the game after having a few drinks while watching the New England Patriots defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game.

The 42-year-old Eagles season ticket holder from suburban Philadelphia said he got pumped up watching a group of Eagles fans on a train heading in the opposite direction and wanted to get them excited. Video captured Desai, wearing a Brian Dawkins jersey, running with the train car — then hitting the pole and bumping into the train.

"Yeah, I hit the pole, but the passion is there," Desai said. "It reflects the passion of the entire city. We are good fans. Yeah, there are a couple of bad apples in the mix, in any city you're going to find that, but I think as a whole we have supported this team for years and years and years. I think this city is ready to bring home the hardware."

The Eagles will face the Patriots, the reigning NFL champions, in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4. It'll be the 10th appearance in the Super Bowl for the Patriots but just the third for the Eagles, who've never won it.

Desai, who described himself as a "10-pound baby from India" who moved to Pennsylvania when he was a child, said his postgame celebration was a lot tamer and he went to his job at a pharmaceutical company on Monday, although he was a bit sore. He said he may go to the doctor on Tuesday.

The subway platform run was perhaps the most viral moment from Sunday's festivities in Philadelphia, which included video of fans climbing light poles slicked with Crisco, Eagles fans throwing beer at Vikings fans and a fan arrested for punching a police horse.

"I'm not throwing bottles or punching horses," Desai said. "It was just running into a pole."

If you somehow haven't seen the video, or want to see it again, here it is.

Here's something you may not have seen, that's right, a second angle! 

Eagles vs. Giants live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 14 game

Eagles vs. Giants live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 14 game

7:03 p.m.: It looks like the heaviest rain has moved out but it’s still raining here at the Linc as we get close to game time. 

6:45 p.m.: The Eagles are without four starters tonight. Here’s the complete list of inactives: 

Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) 
Derek Barnett (ankle)
Nelson Agholor (knee) 
Jordan Howard (shoulder) 
Nate Herbig
Nate Sudfeld 
Sua Opeta 

6:06 p.m.: It’s still raining pretty hard here at the Linc, but the tarp has been removed from the field for warmups. 

Miles Sanders and the running backs, along with the kickers are the first players on the field. 

5:14 p.m.: It’s coming down really hard. The tarp is down and will be there for at least another hour. 

4:06 p.m.: I have arrived to Lincoln Financial Field and it’s raining pretty hard. Not many tailgaters in the lots and I can’t blame them. It’s pouring and a Monday afternoon. 

At least it’s relatively warm today, though. 

The forecast has called for rain all week, so it’s not like this is a surprise. In fact, Doug Pederson was even asked on Saturday about how weather affects his play calling. 

“With play calls, it’s really determined on really when we get to the game and see how much it's raining or the wind, all that,” he said. “You really just go in the whole week and prepare as normal.

“I think for me, if I'm preparing the team I do want them to understand that there could be some weather coming in here, so obviously cleats, the grass, all of that. I want them to understand that we can make those adjustments now and prepare for that now. But as far as the play calls, you really don't know until you see exactly in-game how bad it's raining or the wind at that time.”

In the past, Carson Wentz has thrown wet footballs during the week before games where rain is expected. He said it helps. 

3:50 p.m.: The Eagles will be in black uniforms tonight and a bunch of them will have personalized cleats for the NFL’s “My cause, my cleats” campaign. 

Here’s a look at all of them: 

9:57 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! 

We have waited a long time for tonight, but the Eagles will host Eli Manning and the Giants tonight at the Linc. Here are five matchups to watch.

If you’re heading to the game, bring your rain gear. 

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Eagles inactives: Eagles without several starters vs. Giants

Eagles inactives: Eagles without several starters vs. Giants

Updated: 6:46 p.m.

Facing the Giants tonight, the Eagles will be without several key starters, including Derek Barnett and Nelson Agholor. 

Jordan Howard (shoulder) and Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) are also out. 

Barnett and Agholor both missed practice all week. You’ll remember that Agholor hurt his knee in the Patriots game. He missed the Seahawks game, returned for the Miami game, but popped up back on the injury report this week. Barnett hurt his ankle during the Miami game but still managed to play 50 snaps. 

Howard (shoulder) came into this game listed as questionable but is out too. He still hasn’t been cleared for contact and will miss his fourth straight game on Monday night. He got hurt late in the Chicago game before the bye week. 

Grugier-Hill, who reported concussion symptoms on Thursday morning, was ruled out on Saturday. He’s still in the NFL’s concussion protocol. 

Here’s the full list of Eagles’ inactives: 

Kamu Grugier-Hill (concussion) 
Derek Barnett (ankle)
Nelson Agholor (knee) 
Jordan Howard (shoulder) 
Nate Herbig 
Sua Opeta 
Shareef Miller

Without Agholor, the Eagles are down to just three healthy receivers: Alshon Jeffery, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. They also have third tight end Josh Perkins active. Perkins has basically played receiver for them before. 

Without Barnett, Josh Sweat and Vinny Curry will likely see the greatest increase in snaps. Barnett had played the third-most defensive snaps on the team in 2019 coming into tonight. 

The full list of inactives will come out in just over an hour. 

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