After season filled with controversy, excitement, big plays, close wins, and all of that good stuff, the time has finally come for Super Bowl LII. One team that was expected to be favorites to win the Super Bowl, is in fact in the big game while the other team was written off numerous times throughout the season and has been through an incredible amount of adversity will be playing as well. That’s right, those teams are the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX (39). Eagles fans will be supporting their team till the end of this game as their previous encounter with the Pats in the Super Bowl ended in a heartbreaking defeat in Jacksonville fourteen years ago and the Eagles will be looking to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. The Pats will be looking to win yet another Super Bowl under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, which would be their sixth Super Bowl ring. This game will come down to the wire and only one team will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night. Let’s get into the pick.
Eagles 24, Patriots 20; 6:30pm NBC
This is a great opportunity for the Eagles to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. They have defied all odds this season as many people believed they were not going to make the playoffs, and they proved their doubters wrong. Several key players are on injured reserve including Darren Sproles, Jason Peters, Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos, and MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Doug Pederson has been brilliant all season long with his game-planning and clock management. Foles will need to play his best game against the Patriots defense and will have to keep up with Tom Brady to win this game. However, given that the Eagles offensive line is the best in the league even without Jason Peters, the run game should do just enough to keep Brady and the offense off the field by controlling the clock. As for the defense, they’ll be looking to apply pressure all game long to throw Brady off and not allow him to get into a rhythm. The defense simply has to stop the big plays and play with a “bend-don’t break defense” to lock up a win in Minnesota. This will have to be a perfect game for the coaching staff, offense, defense, and special teams, and they could squeeze out a close win come Sunday.
Now, the Patriots have been in the Super Bowl seven times prior to this next one under Brady and are 5-2, with those two losses coming to the New York Giants. The experience certainly helps and a lot of these Patriots players were in the Super Bowl last year. The Patriots defense will have to stop the run to force Nick Foles into throwing the ball a lot, which could be good or bad depending on which Foles shows up Sunday. They’ll also be attempting to blitz Foles a lot so that he doesn’t get into any sort of rhythm. As for the Pats offense, Tom Brady will need to play like Tom Brady to get his sixth Super Bowl ring. Since he’s going to play an aggressive front four, Brady will be looking to throw some quick passes to neutralize the pass rush and take deep shots down the field to speedy receivers like Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. This game will ultimately come down to the team that executes their game-plan very effectively and doesn’t turn the ball over.