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Will the Patriots turn Super Bowl LII into a repeat of Super Bowl XXXIX when they defeated the Eagles 24-21 — or will Philly finally get over the hump in its third Super Bowl appearance? Here are a pair of predictions for Sunday’s showdown in Minneapolis from the ABC15 sports team.
ABC15 sports anchor Jason Snavely
If I told you a month ago the Philadelphia Eagles would be in this year’s Super Bowl, they’d be without their star quarterback Carson Wentz, a Hall of Fame tackle, and one of their top linebackers — and they’d be taking on Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots — would you have thought the Eagles stood a chance? Neither would I. And frankly, I still don’t think they stand a chance.
I think people are really over-analyzing the Eagles’ win over the Vikings. Impressive, yes. But let’s not make this team into something they’re not. This is the same quarterback that was downright awful against the Oakland Raiders just over a month ago. This is the same defense that gave up a combined 53 points to Eli Manning and the horrendous New York Giants in 2017.
Everyone loves an underdog story, and I for one would love to see Nick Foles become the biggest Philadelphia sports hero since Rocky Balboa, but I just don’t see it happening. I think the Patriots win this game comfortably, Beli and Brady hoist the Lombardy Trophy for the third time in four years, and maybe — just maybe — one of them rides off into the sunset.
The good news for this UA alum is that, either way, an Arizona Wildcat will win his first Super Bowl on Sunday. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski already has two rings, but either Eagles QB Nick Foles or Patriots linebacker (and Goodyear Millennium High School alum) Marquis Flowers will become a world champ for the first time.
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- Date: Sunday, February 4
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- Odds: New England (-4.5); Over/Under: 48
According to history (and Vegas oddsmakers), Flowers and the Pats will cruise to victory. To note that they have the better coach and the better quarterback is to note that Goliath had a slight height advantage on David. But let’s list a few reasons why the Eagles have a shot:
-The Eagles are better than the Patriots in nearly every defensive statistical category, especially on the ground. Philly boasted the NFL’s best rushing defense in the regular season; the Patriots were 20th.
-The Eagles had the better regular-season turnover margin. Teams that have won the turnover battle in the Super Bowl have gone on to win roughly three-quarters of the time.
-Foles isn’t an elite quarterback, but he’s played like one lately. He and Joe Montana are now the only players in NFL history to complete at least 75 percent of their passes in consecutive playoff games.
So, yes, Eagles fans have plenty of reason to believe their team will finally win its first world title — except for that whole Brady/Belichick thing. Also, Gronkowski is set to play after clearing concussion protocol. Advantage: Gronk, Flowers and the Pats.
Since meeting in Super Bowl XXXIX, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have been on two very different paths. For the Pats, 2005 was a coronation of the league’s newest dynasty, another truss to hold up a continually expanding wonder of the football world. For the Eagles, it marked the end of the team’s run as a perennial NFC power.
These two teams will meet again on Sunday, but other than the uniforms, the two sides won’t look much like they did 13 years ago. All 53 of the players from Philadelphia’s last conference championship team have been replaced. Only Tom Brady remains for New England — though head coach Bill Belichick and current offensive and defensive coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia were all on the sideline as well.
The Patriots rolled with the turnover, primarily because they had the league’s most stable quarterback to hold everything together. The Eagles, despite having the best signal caller in franchise history, weren’t as lucky. Though both teams have changed, Philadelphia’s broken road back to the Super Bowl may have been the path it needed to overcome a New England team that is accustomed to success.
The Eagles’ up-and-down decade led to big changes in Philadelphia
Andy Reid’s team came down with a severe post-Super Bowl hangover in 2005, falling to 6-10, thanks in part to an injury to Donovan McNabb, who went just 4-5 as a starter that fall, and failing to miss the postseason for the first time in six seasons. A healthier McNabb would make 10 starts the following year, but the upgrade from Mike McMahon to Jeff Garcia as the team’s backup ensured another NFC East victory and a Wild Card win over the NFC East rival Giants before falling to the Saints in the Divisional Round.
In the 2008 season, a nine-win Eagles team rallied all the way to the NFC Championship, but a loss against the Arizona Cardinals proved to be the last gasp for head coach Andy Reid and his Pro Bowl quarterback — even if they didn’t know it. Their return to the postseason in 2009 led to a decisive defeat at the hands of the Cowboys. That offseason, McNabb was traded to Washington for second and fourth-round draft picks.
The deal was supposed to start the Kevin Kolb era in earnest, but the former second-round pick suffered a concussion in Week 1 and watched his role get usurped by a resurgent Michael Vick. Despite Vick’s dual threat, the 2010 season ended the same way 2009 did — with a one-and-done playoff appearance.
The team pushed its chips into the middle of the table in 2011 by constructing what free-agent acqiusition Vince Young called a “dream team.” Philadelphia added players like Nnamdi Asomugha, Ronnie Brown, Evan Mathis, Jason Babin, and Cullen Jenkins in a signing spree that made the Eagles contenders on paper. On the field, they got off to a 4-8 start — which included an 18-point home loss to the Patriots.
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A 4-12 season followed, and Reid was ousted after 14 seasons as head coach. Philadelphia needed a change, and it certainly got one with a swing-for-the-fences hiring of former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly, who was later given general manager duties as well, made his share of changes — trading LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles and signing DeMarco Murray to a big contract — but ultimately lacked the kind of control he had held over players who weren’t yet of drinking age in the NCAA. Despite starting his career with back-to-back 10-win seasons, he didn’t see his way to the end of a third.
Enter new head coach Doug Pederson, Carson Wentz, and the team’s new rebuild.
Once again, the Eagles spent big to put their past mistakes behind them, but this time, the cost was draft currency. Philly sent two first-round picks, a second, a third, and a fourth to Cleveland for the right to draft the North Dakota State quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft. The gamble paid off. After a promising but uneven rookie campaign, Wentz developed into an MVP candidate in 2017. While he missed the final three games of the season with a torn ACL, he still finished second in the league in touchdown passes with 33 in 13 games.
More importantly, a rebuilt defense ensured this team remained a contender even after Wentz’s absence. A ferocious front seven led by Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Nigel Bradham has anchored a top-five defense that has allowed only 17 total points through two playoff games. That, paired with an offense that runs deep across the skill positions, makes this rebuilt Philadelphia team more dynamic than the one Belichick and Brady toppled 13 years ago.