Patriots vs. Eagles: Another classic Super Bowl in the making
It’s finally here! Super Bowl LII gets underway at 6:30 pm ET on February 4, when the New England Patriots will take on the Philadelphia Eagles.
Regardless of how well the Eagles have played through the season and postseason, the New England Patriots come into the U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis as the favourites in the Super Bowl betting. Experience counts for a lot, and this is Tom Brady’s eighth Super Bowl.
Who can stop Brady?
At the age of 40, Tom Brady has been running riot this season and in the playoffs. Through the playoffs, Brady has tallied 61 completed passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns without throwing an interception. Head coach of the Patriots, Bill Belichick, has combined with Brady again this postseason to pull out some surprising strategies, or Belitricks – as it’s been coined. One consistent theme has been the use of Danny Amendola. With 18 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns, the wide receiver who only scored two touchdowns in the regular season leads all receivers in the playoffs.
Nick Foles was thrust into a starting role at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. Despite this, Foles quickly fit into the offence and has been dominant from center. Foles’ top target, Alshon Jeffrey, has 146 yards from nine receptions for two touchdowns. The 6’3’’ veteran receiver has been a real force that defences have struggled to contain.
Breaking down the best defences
Both the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles boast very strong defences, but their quarterbacks had to battle their way past two of the very best to get to Super Bowl LII.
Tom Brady put in a stellar showing to cut apart the dominant Jacksonville Jaguars defence with a clinical 24-20 win. Nick Foles conquered the infamous Minnesota Vikings defence in incredible fashion. Holding the Viking to just a single score, the Eagles orchestrated a momentous 38-7 win over Minnesota in the Conference Championship.
All clear on the injury front
Brady will be happy to have his favourite target ready to go, with tight end Rob Gronkowski raring to go. The Eagles defence will be getting a boost from linebacker Dannell Ellerbe being a full participant in training