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In a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl that saw Tom Brady win his second ring over Donovan McNabb, 24-21, Super Bowl LII is set.
A matchup no New Yorker ever wants to see, especially after this NFL season where the Giants went 3-13 and the Jets wen 5-11, both good enough last place, their division rivals Patriots and Eagles are ready to face off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota, home of the Vikings who lost to the Eagles in the AFC Championship Game
The Patriots seek to add a 6th Super Bowl ring to their franchise against a team that has gone 57 seasons without a championship. Led by legendary Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, they defeated a tough Jacksonville Jaguars defense in wild fashion 24-20 to capture yet another AFC championship.
The Eagles look to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the first time ever, and look to do so without their MVP caliber quarterback Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL in week 13.
But Nick Foles has done an excellent job filling in for him, leading Philadelphia to two more regular season victories over the Giants and Oakland Raiders.
As for his playoff resume this campaign, he again led them to a 15-10 over the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons; then embarrassed another very solid defense in the Vikings throwing for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Eagles destroyed scored 38 unanswered points destroying Minnesota 38-7 capturing an NFC championship.
Once again, the Eagles are considered to be the “underdogs” going in. That obviously hasn’t had an effect on them to this point; in fact, they actually thrive on it.
As we all know, they were the first No. 1 seed to ever be home underdogs in their first playoff game. The Falcons were favored over Philadelphia by 2.5 points. Then the Vikings opened as 3.5 point favorites for the NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia. We all also know how those ended.
Now the Eagles will try to become the first team since the 2013 Baltimore Ravens to win three straight NFL playoff games as underdogs.
Nick Foles and company deserves tons of credit. He completed 78.8 percent of his passes while going 11 for 11 with a perfect passer rating in the second half against the No. 1 defense in the NFL. The Eagles were also 10 of 14 on third downs.
This matchup won’t be like the 2005 Super Bowl. The Eagles have a way bigger chance to pull off an upset. Not only is their defense much stronger but the Patriots offense is weaker (and their defense).
Philly’s D-line has been the team’s top strength over the course of the season. Defensive end Brandon Graham and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox have led the charge, while guys like Ronald Darby, Brandon Graham, and Malcolm Jenkins complete it.
They were fourth in total yards (306.5) and fourth in total points (18.4).
The question is can Philadelphia do well on the big stage if they’re not at Lincoln Financial Field? Especially against a tandem as experienced as Brady and Belichick?
I personally don’t think so. Let the dynasty add another prize to their Lombardi trophy room.
FINAL SCORE: PATRIOTS 21, EAGLES 20