The stage is set for a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX.
The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The Eagles advance to the Super Bowl after a dominating offensive prowess against the Minnesota Vikings.
Quarterback Nick Foles played lights out. The six year, back-up quarterback, completed 78 percent of his passes and finished with 352 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the game’s opening drive, the Vikings marched down the field and took the lead 7-0. That first quarter touchdown was Minnesota’s last score for the game. On the next drive, Case Keenum is intercepted by Patrick Robinson for a 51 yard interception return touchdown. And that was all she wrote. The Eagles were flying all over the field. As the number one ranked defense in the NFL, the Vikings gave up a season high 38 points and 456 yards.
In the AFC Championship, the New England Patriots will return to their 3rd Super Bowl in the last 4 seasons. The Patriots took their first lead of the game with 2:48 remaining. Tom Brady capped a late fourth quarter, drive with a 4 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver, Danny Amendola. Brady finished 26 of 28 for 290 yards and two touchdowns. The Pats quarterback raised many eye brows of concern last week, after suffering an injury to his throwing hand in practice. Despite the injury, he rallied his team in true, Brady fashion, to win the game, after trailing for 3 quarters.
The Eagles have been underdogs in each of its two playoffs games and that will not change in the big game. It is a role that the players and fans of Philly Nation have all embraced. All-Pro Tackle, Lane Johnson, and defensive end, Chris Long, sparked a trend of wearing German Shepard masks, since being named underdogs. Amazon has since sold out of those mask, since the NFC Divisional game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Eagles will come into Super Bowl LII as a 5.5 point underdog. Lane Johnson was well aware of the predicted spread against his team.
“Pretty boy Tom Brady. He’s the best quarterback of all time, so, nothing I’d like to do more than dethrone that guy,” said Johnson.
Although they are well aware of the tall task ahead of them, the Eagles are confidently looking up to the challenge.