The following image is a real screenshot from the NFL’s verified Facebook page.
You can CLICK HERE to see the post for yourself. (UPDATE: The post has finally been deleted. You can still see it in the screenshot above.)
So, uh ... what’s the deal here?!
I went back and looked through the NFL’s Facebook page to see if they did any other potential Super Bowl matchups (such as Eagles vs. Patriots, Jaguars vs. Vikings, etc.) and I couldn’t find anything like that. It’s just this one that exists.
I guess it’s probably just a case of someone accidentally publishing a pre-designed promotional post too soon. But why hasn’t it been fully deleted by now?
This is weird. And it’s certainly not going to quiet “the NFL is rigged!” conspiracy theorists.
Doug Pederson should absolutely print these out and hand them to every Eagles player before the game on Sunday. More bulletin-board material.
UPDATE: In addition to the Facebook image, Google also thinks we’re going to have a Patriots-Vikings Super Bowl. If you type in “Vikings Super Bowl appearances” or “Patriots Super Bowl appearances” you will see a logo for Super Bowl LII. That’s not the case if you type “Eagles Super Bowl appearances” or “Jaguars Suepr Bowl appearances.” THE FIX IS IN!
SECOND UPDATE: And now we have word from the league.
Via email, NFL spokesperson said league's Facebook promo advertising a Vikings-Patriots Super Bowl with Case Keenum and Tom Brady is a "regrettable mistake."— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) January 19, 2018
NFL created other promos w/different combos, including the Eagles, but were supposed to wait until Monday to release.
(Hat tip to our good friend Neil Dutton on this story.)