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Super Bowl LII Pits Pats Against Eagles

David-Jared Matthews, Reporter

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NEWSROOM – The Super Bowl is, by any measure, one of the largest annual sporting events in the world.

This year’s big game is set to take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the U.S. Bank Stadium.  The teams facing off this year are the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Some people only watch for the commercials or the halftime show, which this year is Justin Timberlake.  The event is a pop cultural as well as a sporting event.  According to Forbes, 111 million people watched the Super Bowl in 2017.

This has been a wild season. Many teams such as the Saints, Raiders, and Steelers have had an honorable mention on their race to the top spot.  Most recently the Patriots beat the Jaguars, who have never played in a Super Bowl; even though Tom Brady had injured his hand and the team lost star tight end Rob Gronkowski before halftime.  The Eagles beat the Vikings in a blow out in the NFC, with their backup quarterback Nick Foles who has played since their starter was injured in December.

The Patriots come in with a tremendous post-season and Super Bowl pedigree.  Tom Brady, Patriots’ quarterback for the past 17 seasons, has 26 postseason victories and has quarterbacked the Patriots to seven Super Bowl games.  Last year, the Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons.

Obviously, if you’re not a Patriots fan, Tom Brady’s unparalleled success may exasperate you.

“If you’re not a Patriots fan, you don’t like Tom Brady anymore,” 8th graders were heard saying.

On the other hand, the Eagles have had two Super Bowl appearances, but they lost in both.  One of those was their 2005 appearance against the New England Patriots with the final result of 24-21. However Tom Brady is the only player, who played in that game on the lineup.

This matchup is nothing new. According to Sports Illustrated, the Patriots and Eagles have played each other thirteen times in NFL history, and the Eagles won seven of those thirteen match ups.

While the Eagles are undeniably the underdogs, we will see what they have in store against the Patriots on Sunday February 4th, showcased on NBC at 6:30 EST.

Story by David-Jared Matthews, Reporter

Edited by Maeve Sebold, Editor in Chief

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