• Brian L. Barefield

History in The Making Super Bowl LII New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles

There will be two important questions answered on Sunday, February 3, 2018, at 6:30 pm EST, when the AFC Champions New England Patriots and NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles meet in Super Bowl LII in Minnesota.

Will the reigning Super Bowl Champions Patriots repeat and become only the second team in NFL history to win six Super Bowls (Pittsburg Steelers are the only ones currently)? Or will the Eagles climb out of the basement and win their first one in franchise history? Philly is 1 of 13 teams to have never won a Super Bowl. That stat along with all the other negative things said about the Eagles has fueled them during this playoff run and they have embraced the role of being the underdogs. This is their third appearance in the ‘Big Game” (1980, 2004) and they are not looking to come back to the “City of Brotherly Love” empty handed.

"We've been the underdogs,” said Philadelphia’s second year head coach Doug Peterson during an interview for “I think that's the mentality of our football team. I think that's the mentality of our city, and I'm okay with that, I'm fine with that. I have confidence in these guys and this team," Peterson also stated.

That attitude starts with the coach and rolls right down into the players' mindset as well. Their demeanor and attitudes display that of a third stringer being brought up from the practice squad getting the opportunity to show the coach what he can do.

"No one picked us at the beginning of the year. No one picked us after Carson got hurt. No one picked us first round, second round, the NFC Championship. We're just excited to be here, the chip on our shoulder will never leave," tight end Zach Ertz was quoted when asked about the mindset of the Philly players.

In order for the Eagles to take home the Lombardi trophy, they will have to pry it out of the hands of the player who has held the longest grudge against the league and every opponent he has ever faced, Tom Brady. The 199th -pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL is looking to become the only quarterback to win six Super Bowls as a starter.

"This could never get old," the all-time record holder for passing yards (2071), completions (207), attempts (309), and passing touchdowns (15) in Super Bowl history stated during media night.

New England may be without the services of all pro tight end Rob Gronkowski who is still suffering from a concussion he sustained in the AFC Championship game, but they have the most important factor on their side in head coach Bill Belichick. No one game plans better than the man who has the most playoff victories (28) in league history.

Well now is the time you all have been waiting for…my Super Bowl LII prediction. I have the Patriots winning 35 – 24.

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