It’s been a long two-week wait leading up to this point. After seeing the Patriots emerge as AFC Champions by defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Eagles punched their ticket to the big game by demolishing the Minnesota Vikings. And now the Eagles are playing on the Vikings’ home field: U.S. Bank Stadium.
For the Patriots, making the Super Bowl is a routine activity. Off the top of my head, I can’t even tell you how many times they’ve been here now. That’s not the case for the Eagles, who are playing in their third Super Bowl in franchise history. And in case you didn’t know, Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl before. So today is kind of a big deal.
The Eagles are underdogs in this game. That’s no different to them since their opponents have been favored in every playoff game so far. Philly has been at their most dangerous when people have counted them out. They’ve proved their doubters wrong at every turn, so it shouldn’t be easy to pick against them yet again.
With that said, the Patriots obviously present a formidable challenge due to having one of the best quarterbacks, Tom Brady, and one of the best head coaches, Bill Belichick, of all-time. The Eagles, meanwhile, are starting a backup under center in Nick Foles and being led by second-year head coach and ice cream lover Doug Pederson.
Pederson has done a masterful job in his first two playoff games. The Eagles will need another strong outing from him today to pull off the ‘upset.’
There’s plenty of reason to believe the Eagles can get it done. They dominate in the trenches, they have talent and depth all over the roster, and the coaching is strong on both sides of the ball.
But it doesn’t matter what Philly brings to the table on paper. It’s time for the Eagles to prove themselves on the field today.
Here is all the information you need to know for Super Bowl Sunday.
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Who will win the big game?
11 out of 15 BGN staff writers are picking the Eagles to beat the Patriots. Here’s how the fans are picking:
Super Bowl LII TV Schedule
Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM ET
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, Minnesota
Halftime show performance: Justin Timberlake
National anthem: Pink
Current ticket prices: TicketMaster.com
Super Bowl score by quarter: Live SB Nation scoreboard
NFL Network replay: February 5 at 4:00 AM ET
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WESTWOOD ONE: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mike Holmgren, Tony Boselli, Ed Werder
SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi), 82 (NE)
XM: 88 (WW1), 83 (Phi), 82 (NE)
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Per Bovada, the Eagles are underdogs yet again.
Philadelphia Eagles +5 (-115)
New England Patriots -5 (-105)
The Eagles are 7-5 in 12 regular season games against New England. The Eagles are 0-1 in one postseason game against New England (Super Bowl XXXIX). The last time these two teams played was in 2015. The Eagles surprisingly beat the Patriots on that day by a final score of 35 to 28.
The game is inside of a dome, so weather won’t be a factor. But it will be cold outside (2 degrees).
Super Bowl History
New England Patriots (5-4)
Super Bowl XX: Bears 46, Patriots 10
Super Bowl XXXI: Packers 35, Patriots 21
Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17
Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29
Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Super Bowl XXLI: Giants 17, Patriots 14
Super Bowl XLVI: Giants 21, Patriots 17
Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
Super Bowl LI: Patriots 34, Falcons 28
Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)
Super Bowl XV: Raiders 27, Eagles 10
Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21
Eagles Connections on the Patriots
RB Dion Lewis
WR Danny Amendola
S Patrick Chung
CB Eric Rowe
CB Jomal Wiltz (practice squad)
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Eagles 2017 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - at Washington Redskins (Sept. 10, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 2 - at Kansas City Chiefs (Sept. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. New York Giants (Sept. 24, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Los Angeles Chargers (Oct. 1, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Arizona Cardinals (Oct. 8, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 7 - vs. Washington Redskins (Oct. 23, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 8 - vs. San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 29, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 9 - vs. Denver Broncos (Nov. 5, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 10 - BYE
Week 11 - at Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 19, 8:30 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 12 - vs. Chicago Bears (Nov. 26, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - at Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 3, 8:30 PM ET, NCB) Sunday Night Football
Week 14 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 10, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at New York Giants (Dec. 17, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 17 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 31, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Eagles 2018 NFL Playoffs Schedule
Wild Card - BYE
Divisional Round - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Jan. 13, 4:35 PM ET, NBC)
NFC Championship Game - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Jan. 21, 6:40 PM ET, FOX)
Super Bowl LII - v. New England Patriots (Feb. 4, 6:30 PM ET, NBC)