January 21, 2018.
It was the loudest I had ever heard a stadium.
With a batted arm courtesy of Chris Long and an errant pass, the Eagles’ fortunes changed forever.
Nickel cornerback Patrick Robinson hauled in the ball for an interception, scurried to the end zone and scored the first six of what would be 38 unanswered points.
The 2017 NFC Championship Game is the greatest game I’ve ever attended.
The pick-6 from Robinson, who retired from the NFL today, was the moment many Eagles fans knew they’d win the Super Bowl. It was a “they never do this” experience. When Eagles teams of the pass had faltered under the bright lights of the postseason, Robinson shined and kicked off a 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings.
Robinson, who played for the Saints in 2020, retires with 16 career regular season interceptions, plus one life-altering pick in the postseason. New Orleans selected him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played eight years for the Saints across two separate stints, but will forever be remembered for what he did in his lone season in Philly.
Robinson had by all accounts a poor training camp during the summer of 2017, leaving many wondering if he’d even make the roster. It’s overshadowed because of his iconic playoff moment, but Robinson had a Pro Bowl-caliber season of his own that year as part of the NFL’s fifth-best defense.
Every championship team has an unlikely hero, one whose legendary play leads to them becoming a folk hero. The 2008 Phillies had Matt Stairs. The 2017 Eagles had PatRob. I can’t imagine either guy will ever pay for a beer in this city again.