AND then there was two. A familiar duo enters Minneapolis representing the AFC while their opponents are vying for the franchises first Super Bowl W. On Sunday the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will go to war one last time for season 2017 with the Vince Lombardi trophy on the line. 60 minutes of football is all that separates each team from their ultimate goal of fulfilling every boy’s childhood dream.
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Recipe For Success: Philadelphia Eagles
WHO would have thought that the Eagles season would come down to the play of Nick Foles? That’s the situation they find themselves in after Wentz’s ACL injury and to be honest, Foles can still do enough to deliver a win. Despite Foles airing it out in the past two playoff games, Philadelphia’s game plan for success will revolve around smartly and efficiently moving the ball.
FOLES doesn’t have to throw for 400 yards in this game as long as he can move the chains and lean on the running game. Of course, this means that the defense can’t afford to give up big plays to Tommy Touchdown. If the likes of Mills, Jenkins and Darby can stop Brady from throwing 20/25 yard completions then chances are Fletcher Cox and his buddies up front can make life hell for the Patriots QB.
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Recipe For Success: New England Patriots
FOR New England the key to success lies in their defensive ability. Tom Brady is going to do Tom Brady things, but if the Pats are to win they need to suffocate the Eagles running game. Philly’s backs loom as a problem for New England with the likes of Ajayi, Clement and Blount helping the Eagles run for the third most yards in the league over the regular season.
FORCING Foles to make quick decisions and to panic will likely lead to mistakes despite his perfect postseason so far. On the offensive side of the ball, Brady will dictate how the entire game is played. It’s highly likely that he passes a ton and more heroics from Amendola and his fellow receivers will help New England sew up another Lombardi trophy.
McDaniels and Patricia Farewell
FOR the Patriots offensive and defensive coordinators this will be their final game in New England colours. Both Josh McDaniels (Colts) and Matt Patricia (Lions) will take up head coaching gigs next season and leave Bill Belichick’s sideline. Can they go out with another Super Bowl crown?
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What a Matchup Under Center!
NICK Foles vs. Tom Brady is one of the most entertaining and random storylines in Sunday’s winner take all game. Bizarrely, win or lose there is an argument that could be made that neither quarterback will be on the team next year. The play of Brady and Foles obviously will be massive in determining the winner and a magical moment for better or worse could change the course of history.
Can Gronk Be Gronk?
ONE of the biggest questions for Super Bowl LII, what can we expect from Gronkowski? After clearing concussion protocol he will play on Sunday, but just because he is in uniform it doesn’t mean he will be his dominant self. If the Patriots want to claim another crown then Gronk will be called upon to make a play or two. Can he deliver?
Prediction – New England 27, Philadelphia 17
EVERYONE loves cheering for the underdog, I just can’t see a scenario where Brady doesn’t lead the Pats to a win. After watching him change my perception of what was possible 12 months ago against the Falcons, there isn’t much that stands in his way of becoming the best player of all-time with a win.
THEN again the Eagles deserve to be here and Foles has played well leading up to the game. More reps with the first team is only going to improve his play and there won’t be a whitewash win for New England on Sunday. But there will be a win.
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