PHILADELPHIA - When the game kicked off at Lincoln Financial Field, tens of thousands of Eagles fans were rooting against the Chiefs.
But just about two miles north of the stadium is a haven for Kansas City fans that some call Arrowhead East.
In the middle of south Philadelphia, surrounded by Eagles fans, is a bar for Chiefs fans.
Paul Staico turned Big Charlie's Saloon into a Chiefs bar when he took over in 1983.
"People like the atmosphere, no trouble, just relaxing," Staico said. "You know you can root for whoever you want to root for, except if they're playing the Chiefs."
His father Charlie started the bar. Big Charlie had won a huge bet in 1970 when Kansas City won the Super Bowl. That's the reason Staico became a Chiefs fan.
"I was loyal because i got a bike out of the deal," he explained.
Ever since, Staico has converted fellow Philly natives into Chiefs fans.
"We are very passionate, we have the passion for the Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, but we're passionate for the Kansas City Chiefs," Michael Puggi, who lives a block away and used to cheer for the Eagles, said.
Puggi converted from Green to Red when he met some of the Chiefs players and coaches who visited the bar.
“One time Marty Schottenheimer came in and I got his autograph," Puggi said.
"We've had Dick Vermeil come by, a couple of players… Derrick Thomas," Staico agreed.
Big Charlie's Saloon also attracts Chiefs fans from Kansas City, like Steve Jacobs from Independence.
"I walk in here and it's nothing but Chiefs. Absolutely awesome, so I bought the t-shirt," Jacobs said.
It's considered the biggest Chiefs bar outside of Kansas City, and it'll only get bigger if the Chiefs ever win it all again.
"We get a Super Bowl, this neighborhood will see something they've never seen before. We'll do it up."
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