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Fields Receive a Clean Sweep

Monday, January 24, 2005; Page D10

The only white on the field for yesterday's AFC and NFC championship games were numbers and hash marks.

Lincoln Financial Field was clear of snow and looked to be in great condition for the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, a day after the first big winter storm paralyzed the city. In Pittsburgh, the field was in good shape and the grandstands nearly free of snow before the Patriots-Steelers game.

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More than 750 workers, including Eagles staff, helped shovel the snow off the field late Saturday night. Backhoe loaders, dump trucks and plow trucks expedited the process.

Both fields were covered by a tarp and heating coils beneath them that helped keep the turf from freezing. In Philadelphia, the field was heated to 70 degrees, a necessity with the kickoff temperature at 17 degrees.

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