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Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Oct. 28, 2022. Credit: Abhiram Juvvadi

Ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship clash between the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles and the No. 2 seed San Francisco 49ers, Penn’s historic Franklin Field returned to its roots to host a professional team. But this time, it was not a Philadelphia team benefitting.

On Saturday, the 49ers completed their pregame walkthrough at Franklin Field, according to a video posted by CBS News’s Bob Kovach on Twitter. Multiple students also reported seeing buses and heightened security around the stadium, which is home to several Penn teams, including football and track and field.

The Eagles played their home games at Franklin Field from 1958 until 1970, before moving to Veterans Stadium in 1971, and then their current home at Lincoln Financial Field in 2003. That will be the site of their game against San Francisco, with a trip to Super Bowl LVII on the line. 

Both teams have made the Super Bowl in recent years, with the 49ers representing the NFC in 2019 and the Eagles winning their first title in 2017. In this year’s matchup, Philadelphia is currently favored by 2.5 points. The game will kick off tomorrow at 3 p.m. and will be aired on FOX.