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Jason Peters: ‘I’ll be back better than ever’ - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jason Peters is finally at the Super Bowl. He wants to play in it next year. The 36-year-old left tackle is in Minnesota this week but, because of a knee injury, has been relegated to spectator and support system for his teammates. But he’s already rehabbing and plans to play again next season. ”I’m definitely not going out like that,” Peters said on Monday night. “I’ll be back better than ever.”

Who will get the most credit if the Eagles win the Super Bowl? - BGN
Phrased another way: Who’s Super Bowl is this?

10 surprise players who helped the Eagles get to the Super Bowl - PhillyVoice
After an offseason in which the Eagles were most certainly willing to deal him, Kelce had easily the best season of his career. He was good in pass protection, and outstanding both in the run game, and (as usual) getting out in front in the screen game. The Eagles are lucky that a good offer never came, as Kelce was probably the best center in the NFL this season. His replacement likely would have been the disappointing Isaac Seumalo.

Fun And Football At Super Bowl Opening Night - PE.com
ST. PAUL, Minn. – So how, um, unusual was Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday at the Xcel Energy Center? Donnie Jones punted a ham-and-cheese sandwich that long snapper Rick Lovato, a former sandwich maker before signing with the Eagles, slapped together and then snapped to Jones ...

Super Bowl LII Preview - Patriots vs. Eagles - PFF
We hear all too often about the blueprint being set to beat a particular team, but there is a clear pathway to slowing down Brady and the New England Patriots offense. The problem is that not many teams are even close to possessing the requisite tools for the job. The Eagles are. It’s no coincidence that the New York Giants handed Brady two defeats in the Super Bowl with the same kind of team, and a very similar game plan. Simply put, you need to pressure Brady at an incredible rate and do so without resorting to the blitz, because Brady has been exceptional against the blitz throughout his career.

Burke: Philly and Eagles cant hold a candle to the city of Boston and the Patriots - Metro
After last year’s unreal comeback win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, it was thought by most Boston fans that there was literally nothing left to prove. We were the best. We are the best, and we’ll always be the best. And truth be told, all the winning was starting to get just a little bit boring. But this current Patriots season has sucked us all right back in again. Winning this much has – come to find out - not gotten old at all. That said, in Boston we were in need of some sort of fresh storyline to keep things interesting. We already beat Philly in a Super Bowl, but I guess this will do. Crushing the championship dreams of Eagles fans (widely regarded as the most loathsome fan base on planet Earth … even ahead of Jets fans) is about as good as it gets. Here’s a reminder of what we’ll be up against this week, and also why Boston vs. Philly is a clear blowout in favor of the Hub.

Eagles QB Nick Foles at peace amid Super Bowl chaos - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles took Super Bowl opening night in stride. He fielded questions about “Game of Thrones,” Jeff Fisher, “This is Us,” Justin Timberlake and even the upcoming game against the New England Patriots during his hour on stage. The media crush surrounding him reached a point where the push toward his podium sent cameras crashing to the ground, causing a stir. He just turned it into a joke and kept on rolling. The Zen attitude he has adopted over the past couple of weeks held up in the designed madness. ”Everyone asks me how I’m doing,” he said. “I’m good.”

Game Review – PHI 38, MIN 7 - Iggles Blitz
The Vikings were in disbelief. They hadn’t struggled like this in a long time. The outcome shouldn’t have been that shocking if you paid attention all season. The Eagles had 5 wins by 23 or more points during the season. As for facing good defenses, the Eagles had dominated them as well. Denver came to The Linc with the #1 defense in the league back in November and lost 51-23, in a game that wasn’t that close. The Eagles went 6-1 in games this year against Top 10 defenses. The only loss was the season finale to Dallas, with the starters watching and waiting for the postseason. The Eagles won the game up front. Foles had good protection and was sacked only once. He took one really hard hit on a blitz in the 3rd quarter. The RBs had pretty good blocking and were 26-114 on the ground. The execution by the skill players was nearly flawless. Foles only had 7 incompletions all game. Receivers caught just about everything that got close to them. They made plays after the catch. That was some incredible offense.

Eagles vs. Patriots: Ten thoughts on the Super Bowl matchup - The Athletic
In the AFC title game, the Jaguars were able to move the ball; they produced seven plays of 20-plus yards. And the successful plays should look familiar to Eagles fans; Jacksonville did damage with run-pass options and play-action. These types of plays are staples of the Eagles’ offense — specifically since Nick Foles took over. The Eagles have a more extensive array of run-pass options in their playbook than Jacksonville. They also have better personnel. The Jaguars were set up to win with a specific formula: defense and the run game. The Eagles can win in a number of ways. Against the Falcons, they used methodical drives to win a low-scoring game. Against the Vikings, they put up 38 points. That flexibility should work in their favor. While I don’t expect Doug Pederson to play conservative, the Eagles should be able to move the ball on the ground and keep Brady off the field.

Canby woman is Super Bowl-bound aunt - KPTV
That’s Aunt Pam, the sister to the mother of two NFL brothers, Eric Kendricks of the Minnesota Vikings and Mychal Kendricks of the Super Bowl-bound Philadelphia Eagles. “I texted Eric after the game and he sent me a little unhappy face and I reminded him that he has always said Mychal is a trailblazer. He always does everything at first,” said Wilson. Yvonne Thagon is Mychal and Eric’s mom, Pam’s little sister. Their auntie handmade their Superman and Batman costumes for Halloween back in the day. When asked if she wasn’t a big sports fan, Wilson said, “No, I am a nephew fan. Big nephew fan.”

Carson Wentz admits this week is hard, but wants to play his role - PFT
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was supposed to be in the middle of it all last night. Instead, being tucked away in a single seat in the stands at Super Bowl Opening Night, wedged in next to a tarped-off area and with his injured left knee stuck stiffly out into the aisle, he was as literally removed from the show as he has been figuratively. And while many players will recite the truths of football about “next man up,” Wentz was willing to admit there was some anger, admit there was some hurt involved with watching the process from a safe distance.

As opposed to the Patriots offense, the team’s defense usually starts well into Super Bowls - Pats Pulpit
One of the top storylines entering Super Bowl LII is the New England Patriots’ past inability to score in the first quarter of title games: During the seven Super Bowls of the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era, the team has failed to put even a single point on the board. To make matters worse, New England’s offense cost its team two points when a safety was called against Brady early in Super Bowl XLVI. But not all was bad during the combined 105 minutes of first quarter Patriots Super Bowl football in the past 16 years. While the offense typically started slow, the defense was relatively successful. All in all, the unit – from coordinators Romeo Crennel to Dean Pees to Matt Patricia – only gave up a combined 13 points over the last seven Super Bowls. Still a deficit when compared to the offense’s output, but a low enough number to keep the games close.

6 highlights from Super Bowl Media Day for the Patriots, Eagles - SB Nation
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz isn’t even the most accomplished athlete in his household. He’s married to Julie Ertz, a midfielder for the World Cup-champion United States Women’s National Team. She traveled to Opening Night and got a chance to ask her husband a question on NFL Network and the whole thing was just d’awwww.

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