—By Christian Clark, Josiah Huband, Decker Flamm, & John Mill—
It’s the NFL’s big day as the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots square off for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in the 52nd edition of the Super Bowl. The Cosby Bolt breaks down the big game and analyzes the key individual matchups, X-Factors, and ultimately predict who will walk off victorious on Super Sunday. Will the Patriots win their sixth championship in franchise history or will the Eagles end the drought and etch their name in NFL lore?
When: Sunday, February 4th, 2018, 6:30 pm ET on NBC
Where: Minneapolis, MN; U.S. Bank Stadium
Halftime Performance: Justin Timberlake
NFC Champion: #1 Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
The Eagles are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2004 season. The Eagles haven’t been stellar in the NFC Championship Game collectively as a franchise, but they crushed all previous narratives with a 38-7 win over the red-hot Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles started the 2017 NFL Season with a 10-1 record and impressive wins over the Panthers, Broncos, and Cowboys. However, it seemed that their chances of bringing the first Lombardi to Philadelphia vanished after starting quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Enter Nick Foles. In his second stint with the team, Foles has picked up right where he left off. The castoff from the Rams and Chiefs has given the fans a reason to believe with his shocking rebound. Can the underdog have his day and knock off the dynastic Patriots?
AFC Champion: #1 New England Patriots (13-3)
Another year, another Super Bowl appearance for quarterback Tom Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots. After overcoming a 28-3 deficit in last years 34-28 overtime classic over the Atlanta Falcons, the Pats attempt to become the ninth team in history to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The last team to do it? The 2003-2004 Patriots. New England started the season with two surprising losses to Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs in the season opener and Cam Newton’s Panthers in Week 4. The common denominator in those losses was that the Patriots defense giving up a historic amount of yardage. Since then, DC Matt Patricia has adjusted to the new pieces on defense and has turned the ship around. On offense, it has been more of the same for New England. Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Dion Lewis, Brandin Cooks, and James White have led the way.
Super Bowl History:
Philadelphia Eagles- Lost Super Bowl XV (15) and Super Bowl XXXIX (39).
New England Patriots- Lost Super Bowl XX (20), XXXI (31), XLII (42), and XLVI (46); Won Super Bowl XXXVI (36), XXXVIII (38), XXXIV (39), XLIX (49), and LI (51).
- The Patriots with Tom Brady as QB has never scored a single point in the first quarter (7 games)
- The last 12 out of 13 Super Bowl winners have worn a white “away” jersey
- Tom Brady’s mother is from Minnesota where the Super Bowl is being played
- There has never been a punt return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl
- Tom Brady is tied for second with six postseason rushing touchdowns by a quarterback
- Both the 2004 and 2017 Eagles beat both the Falcons and Vikings to advance to the Super Bowl.
Whether you are a casual fan, hardcore fan, or just here for the halftime show, enjoy Super Bowl 52!