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American Sports Super Bowl 52 - Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots

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    Date: 4th February
    Kick Off: 11.30PM
    Stadium: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
    Referee: Gene Steratore
    TV US: NBC
    TV UK: Sky Sports & BBC
    Commentators: Al Michaels & Cris Collinsworth
    Halftime Show: Justin Timberlake
    Favourites: Patriots by 5.5 points

    Facts:

    This is the third Superbowl in a row for NBC to involve the Patriots

    The Patriots are chasing their sixth Superbowl title to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for most ever.

    The Eagles are chasing for their first ever Superbowl title having 2 previous appearances against the Raiders in 1981 and the Patriots in 2005.

    The last team to win back to back Superbowls were the Patriots in 2004 & 2005.

    The Patriots will be the home team so they can choose which jersey to wear. They've lost their last 2 in their traditional navy uniform and won their last three in the secondary white uniform.
     
  2. Few random stats/facts taken from reddit and elsewhere:

    At the end of regulation, no Tom Brady Superbowl has ever ended with the points difference greater than 4 (0 vs Falcons; +/-3 vs Giants, Eagles, Panthers, Rams; +/-4 vs Seahawks, Giants).

    Nick Foles was on the verge of retirement. If not for Andy Reid wanting him in KC, he might’ve hung ‘em up. In two weeks, he will start the Super Bowl.

    Bill Belichick and Tom Brady will be appearing in their 8th Super Bowl together, which is twice as many as any head coach-QB combo. Brady will also be the first 40-year-old QB to start a Super Bowl.

    The Patriots are the first team ever to appear In TEN SuperBowls.

    Asteroid expected to buzz past earth on Super Bowl Sunday - not expected to collide with the planet.

    Blount and Long will have gone to the SB as teammates on both the Patriots and the Eagles in back-to-back years.

    For the 14th time in the last 15 years, the AFC will be represented in the Super Bowl by Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Ben Roethlisberger.

    The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2017 regular season atop their respective conferences with identical 13-3 records and +162 point differential. The Patriots both scored and allowed exactly one more point than the Eagles.

    Philadelphia is a 5.5-point underdog vs the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, according to the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. Philadelphia is the largest SB underdog since the Cardinals were 7-point underdogs to the Steelers.

    Tom Brady has made the Super Bowl in 50% of his healthy starting seasons. Bill Belichick has made over 20% of all Super Bowls and over 33% since the 1986 season.

    Since 2013, nine out of ten top seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl. Only the 2016-17 Cowboys failed to make it.

    Only 2 players have completed 75% of their passes in back-to-back playoff games. Joe Montana & Nick Foles.

    The Eagles are the first team to win the NFC without a 1,000-yard rusher or receiver since the 1996 Packers. Who was on that team? Doug Pederson.

    If the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl, the NFC East will be the first Division where every team has won a Super Bowl.

    Tom Brady now has 9,721 career postseason passing yards. Needs 279 in the Super Bowl to hit 10,000. Peyton Manning is second with 7,339.

    After throwing for 290 yards in the AFCCG, Tom Brady's career postseason passing yards now exceed the height of Mount Everest

    The losers of this year's Championship games will have both hosted an Eagles vs Patriots Super Bowl (SB39 in Jax; SB52 in Min).

    In the last 3 playoff games where New England has been down by 10 points or more (Seattle, Atlanta, Jacksonville) they outscored their opponents in the 4th quarter 47-3.

    The last 15 AFC Championships have been won by 4 different QBs. The last 15 NFC Championships have been won by 13 QBs.

    In NFL playoff history, the record for most 4th quarter double-digit comebacks was the Cowboys with 2. The Patriots have 3 in the last 4 seasons.
     
  3. How is the home team decided, is it a coin toss or what?

    Would have been interesting had the Vikings won and been the away team in their own stadium.
     
  4. Just announced that the Patriots will wear their white jerseys, despite being the home team.
    Rotated between NFC and AFC. Falcons were home team last year, Broncos year before and so on
     
  5. Looking forward to this one. If the Eagles can perform on offense like they did against the Vikings they will be in with a great chance of winning this. On the other hand, Brady won't make the mistakes that Keenum made and we all know how good the Patriots are at winning on Superbowl Sunday.
     
  6. New England aren't as good with their offensive line or defense. Brady is gonna be Brady, that's just a fact. Pressure and sacks are all well and good, but Brady is just so good. But the Eagles defense is better than the New Enland offensive line, so I expect a lot of pressure. And the New England defense is going to have a very hard time against the Eagles offensive line. I think that's what gives Eagles a real shot.
     
  7. To beat the Patriots you need to beat Tom Brady. The Jaguars brought a lot of pressure and took away the Patriots run game and for the most part took away their passing options but like always Belichick and the Patriots re-adjusted and Brady being Brady did his thing and they won.

    This game will be a close one I feel and the battle of wits will win it.
     
  8. All the Patriots Superbowl games (wins) have been tight and exciting encounters and for this I expect no different. Brady/Patriots clutch-factor could be the difference again but still madness to write off a very strong Eagles team from pulling it off! Should be a good game and I can see the Patriots need to come from behind and figure a few things out again along the way.
     
  9. I think Philadelphia will win this quite comfortably. Their defense will shut down the Patriots offense.
     
  10. It won't be any more than 7 for either team. It also won't be like last year, Eagles won't rush to a 28-3 lead and Brady won't bridge a 20+ point gap, cause he won't have to. However, if the Eagles lead by more than a possession going into the 4th the Eagles won't do a Jags or Falcons. They're too aggressive for that.
     
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