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Boston vs. Philly: How the two cities stack up

Food by food, artist by artist and show by show, let's see how Boston and Philadelphia stack up.

On Sunday, New England and Philadelphia will face off on the Super Bowl stage, and it is sure to be a tough fight. The football field isn't the only arena in which Boston and Philly can duke it out, though. 

The two cities are competitive when it comes to history, pop culture and comfort foods. In fact, there's arguably no better match. Both have delicious signature dishes, a slew of famous people and shows set on their streets, so we're putting each category head-to-head. 

And let's be honest. This isn't cut and dry. You can be from Boston but still jam along to The Roots. Or you can be Philadelphia born and raised and still prefer Amy Poehler's "Parks and Recreations" to Tina Fey's "30 Rock." There's no shame in it. 

Let us know where your allegiances lie.

Food: Clam chowder vs. Philly cheesesteak

Photos (left to right) by Jorge Nunez and Jacqueline Larma/AP


Movie: Boston's "Good Will Hunting" vs. Philly's "Rocky"

(Left) Photo by Chris Pizzello/AP(Right) AP File photo


Animal masks: GOAT vs. Underdog

(Left) Photo by David Silverman(Right) Photo by Michael Perez/AP


Songs: "Shipping Up to Boston" by The Dropkick Murphys vs. "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen

(Left) Photo by Robb Cohen/AP(Right) Photo by Michael Zorn/AP


TGIF Shows: Boston's (Salem's) "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" vs. Philly's "Boy Meets World"

(Left) Photo by Reed Saxon/AP(Right) Photo by Jack Plunkett/AP


Boy band: Boston's New Kids on the Block vs. Philly's Boyz II Men

(Left) Photo by Mark J. Terrill/AP(Right) Photo by Reed Saxon/AP


Actresses: Boston's Amy Poehler vs. Philly's Tina Fey

Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP


Actors: Boston's Ben Affleck vs. Philly's Bradley Cooper

(Left) Photo by Chris Pizzello(Right) Photo by Jordan Strauss


Shows: "Cheers" vs. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

(Left) Photo by Mark Terrill/AP(Right) Photo via Instagram @alwayssunnyfxx


Bands: Boston's Aerosmith vs. Philly's The Roots

(Left) Photo by Lukas Barth/AP(Right) Photo by Scott Boehm/AP


Historic Attractions: Boston's Freedom Trail vs. Philly's Liberty Bell

(Left) Photo by Michael Dwyer/AP(Right) Photo by Matt Rourke/AP


Bonus: "The Office"


The hit show may have taken place in Pennsylvania, but Boston is home to three of its stars. Mindy Kaling, Steve Carrell and John Krasinski all call Massachusetts home, so we chalk this one up as a win for Boston.

Now that you've had a chance to see how Boston and Philadelphia match up on individual fronts, it is time for the final vote. We can't predict the future, but congratulations on the win, Boston!!


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