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Patriots Predicted to Win Super Bowl LII

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Martin Gomez, Staff Writer

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After defeating Minnesota 38-7, Philadelphia guaranteed their spot in Super Bowl 52 and an attempt at winning their first ring in team history in the modern Super Bowl era.

The Eagles will be going up against New England on Feb. 4, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The matchup is looking to be a good one, as the Patriots, led by Tom Brady, were the second highest scoring team during the regular season, ahead of the Carson Wentz/Nick Foles Eagles. On defense, it’s another close one, as both teams were ranked in the top five, but Philadelphia edges out New England for the second-best defense in the NFL.

The matchup will be a rematch of Super Bowl 39, where the Patriots narrowly beat the Eagles by a margin of three points. The pressure is on for both teams, as the path to get to this point hasn’t been the easiest. Unfortunately for the teams, it doesn’t get easier.

Coming off a 24-10 comeback in the AFC Championship games, New England showed why they’re considered one of the most dominant teams in the NFL, scoring 14 unanswered points in the final quarter. Brady, who injured his hand days before the big game, put the team on his back and led the comeback.

Brady, in his eighteenth season, has been able to maintain the same dominance, even though he’s in his age 40 season and currently the oldest active quarterback. Although the protection he has in the offensive line isn’t one of their main strengths, he’s been able to throw five touchdown passes so far in the postseason, including the two clutch ones in the final quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Eagles, on the other hand, is seen as the underdogs, as their inexperience in the playoffs are seen as detrimental against the reigning Super Bowl champions. They were once seen as the potential champions this year, but an injury to star quarterback Wentz in week 14 left the team without an experienced starter.

Foles, who took over after Wentz went down, has done a phenomenal job helping the team reach the final stage. Although he didn’t throw a touchdown in the second round, his ability to drive down the field and give his team scoring chances has been proven crucial.

In order to have a chance to win, the Eagles have to try stopping the Pats passing game, keeping a close eye on Tight End Rob Gronkowski and Wide Reciever’s Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola. On the other hand, New England has to slow down Philadelphia’s run game and put pressure on their receivers, so keeping tabs on Running Back LeGarrette Blount, Tight End Zach Ertz and Wide Reciever Alshon Jeffery is a must.

With their strengths being complete opposites, this will not be a simple task for either teams, though some are expecting it to be. Both team have their strengths, but in the end, I believe the Pats will come away with their third ring in four years, and Brady will get his sixth ring with the team, adding on to what has already been a Hall of Fame career. New England is the powerhouse of the NFL, and as long as their core players play how they’ve played all season, the game is in their hands.

 

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