Saw a Phillies banner hanging from the car of a tailgater this morning at Candlestick Park, which was odd because I had never seen one here in all the years I covered Phillies games. Something must be happening with the team I used to cover.

Also odd: The person sitting next to me in the press box works for the San Jose Sharks. When do the Eagles play the Sharks?

Anyway, it's the 2-3 Eagles who are playing the San Francisco 49ers today in this antiquated stadium.

They'll be no Brian Westbrook, no Reggie Brown, no Shawn Andrews and no Kevin Curtis playing for the Eagles.

So can they win without their Pro Bowl running back, their Pro Bowl guard and their top two receivers?

They better or Andy Reid will be seeing a different shade of red than the one that has captivated the city this October.

Defense, defense, defense is the answer for the Eagles. They should be able to pressure J.T. O'Sullivan and cause some turnovers.

The pick: Eagles 23, 49ers 17