The Palmerbet Sports Team break down Super Bowl LII as the defending champion New England Patriots and the history-chasing Philadelphia Eagles gear up for the biggest annual sporting event on the planet!
History: Played 13: Patriots 7 V Eagles 6.
Last meeting: December 6, 2015: Eagles 35 d Patriots 28 at Gilette Stadium.
Final Thoughts: Super Bowl LII is almost upon us, with the New England Patriots aiming to become the first team in more than a decade to go back-to-back and the underdog Philadelphia Eagles chasing the franchise’s maiden triumph.
The Patriots advanced with a 24-20 win over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game – their 13th win in 14 games – but they required a 14-3 fourth quarter to pull off the widely-anticipated victory. Boasting the most formidable offence in the NFL, they had won seven of their previous nine games by 18-plus points.
The Eagles have overcome the loss of quarterback Carson Wentz and a scratchy end to the regular season with gutsy playoff wins over the Falcons (15-10) and Vikings (38-7). Much-maligned QB Nick Foles hit back at his critics with three touchdowns and 352 yards, but it was Philly’s miserly defence that underpinned the emphatic result – and will have Pats fans a little nervous.
The Eagles have been to the Super Bowl twice, losing to the Raiders in 1980 and Tom Brady’s Patriots 24-21 in 2004. The Patriots have reached the big dance nine times, winning five Lombardi Trophies.
Red-hot Super Bowl MVP favourite Brady is a Super Bowl specialist, winning four MVP awards in five Patriots victories – none more famous than we he led a comeback from 28-3 down in the third quarter to defeat the Falcons in overtime last year. But the Eagles unquestionably have a defence capable of making the G.O.A.T. uncomfortable.
The Patriots’ often overlooked defence (including 11 post-season sacks) will also be a huge factor, however, and it’s tough to expect a repeat performance from Foles under the glare of the Super Bowl spotlight.
Favourites have taken out the Super Bowl 33 times, but remarkably the underdog has prevailed outright in five of the last six and eight of the last 10. It’s an identical record for underdogs against the start over the last decade. But tellingly, the Patriots broke the five-year underdog stranglehold 12 months ago.
The Philadelphia Eagles may lead for the majority of Super Bowl LII, but the incomparable Brady should ensure the New England Patriots finish over the top of the outsiders.