Fires burned, cars flipped and street lights came tumbling down as hard-partying Philadelphia fans lived down to their reputation Sunday night and celebrated their first Super Bowl victory.
Crazed celebrants packed the Ritz-Carlton hotel awning and dove into the cheering crowd below, trusting that they would be caught. The awning later collapsed amid some of the wildest moments in the revelry.
A handful of Pennsylvania’s most devoted football enthusiasts jeered Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady as they watched a Christmas tree burn to a crisp.
“F–k Tom Brady,” they bellowed, according to video on social media.
As expected, massive crowded braved rain and cold and descended in Center City for the spontaneous party that erupted the moment the game ended.
Police scrambled to keep up with throngs of fans in the gridlocked streets as fireworks shot into a sky and a possible drone hovered overhead, according to police scanner traffic.
By 12:30 a.m., police were began breaking up large pockets of fans clogging the streets.
One veteran police sergeant estimated that 100,000 people had descended on downtown Philadelphia, a city of 1.5 million people.
Police cleared the busy Mayfair section of the city in just 10 minutes, but a much larger crowd lingered on Broad St., in the heart of Philly.
Piles of empty cans and bottles of booze were left behind in the suddenly empty streets that once saw sports fans passing their around celebratory beers.
The moment Christian Monti learned his beloved Eagles were headed to the Super Bowl, he had their logo tattooed on his buttocks.
“That was the reason the Eagles won,” Monti’s friend said, as he showed off the fresh ink on his right cheek.
Nimble revelers managed to scale greased-up utility poles and vehicles to the dismay of police who urged them to come down. City workers spent Sunday morning slicking the poles with hydraulic fluid, hoping it would be harder to climb than the Crisco used two weeks prior.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium
Jake Morrissey, despite hailing from Boston, identified as a lifelong Eagles fan while perched on a bus stop on Chestnut St., with no police officers nearby to stop him.
“We don’t care about the cops,” the brazen 18-year-old told the Daily News.
At least one traffic signal was knocked to the ground, according to a Philly Inquirer reporter.
The number of arrests was not immediately available as mayhem descended on the home of the Eagles.
Meanwhile, in Boston, riot-geared were dispatched to similar — but somber — gatherings after the Patriots lost 41-33.
Boston police’s last tweet wished their Philly counterparts luck ahead of the night’s mayhem.
“Congratulations to you and your city. Please be safe out there,” the Massachusetts officials said.