Tom Brady looks set to win his sixth ring at Super Bowl LII
Here we are; the culmination of the NFL season. With kickoff set for 11.30PM GMT, the New England Patriots will meet the Philadelphia Eagles on the field in Minneapolis to compete for Super Bowl LII. The star players of the playoffs are expected to fit to play, and Justin Timberlake is performing at halftime, so it’s set to be a grand show.
Both teams have put in convincing displays to win their two playoff games and make it to the final, but Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come in as favourites in the best UK betting sites at 1/2 – the Eagles are at 17/10.
Key players to watch
In this Super Bowl, both quarterbacks will be coming up against staunch defences, so the winner of the Super Bowl MVP award looks set to be one of the quarterbacks.
Tom Brady has been exemplary in the postseason, averaging 313.5 yards per game with five passing touchdowns and he’s yet to fumble or throw an interception. Somewhat surprisingly, Danny Amendola has been his favourite playoff target. The wide receiver has made 18 receptions for an average of 98 yards per game and two touchdowns.
Nick Foles has been thrown into the fire following the late-season injury of Carson Wentz, but, under centre, Foles has been very good. Three passing touchdowns, 299 average passing yards per game, and zero interceptions make for good reading from the backup quarterback. His most prolific target in this postseason has been Alshon Jeffrey, who has made nine receptions for two touchdowns and an average of 73 yards per game through the playoffs.
Road to the Super Bowl
The Patriots and Eagles bypassed the wild card stage and put in strong performances in the divisional round. New England crushed an upstart Tennessee Titans 35-14, and Philadelphia edged past Super Bowl LI finalists Atlanta Falcons 15-10.
In the Conference Championships, Brady really flexed his muscles to cut apart what was seen to be the most dangerous defence in the league. He and the Patriots sliced through the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20. The Eagles, however, were even more impressive in obliterating the best defence in the NFL, beating the Minnesota Vikings 38-7.
All fit and healthy
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is said to be ‘ready to roll’ for Super Bowl LII. For the Eagles, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe looks to be fit to play after missing the Conference Championships.