The Super Bowl is officially set and it’s going to be a rematch of a game we saw less than 15 years ago: Eagles vs. Patriots.
The Patriots punched their ticket to the NFL’s biggest game by pulling off an improbable 24-20 win over Jacksonville. Of course, improbable is basically Tom Brady’s middle name at this point, so maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised by what he pulled off against the Jaquars.
All Brady did on Sunday was lead the Patriots back from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter, even though he seemed to have the odds stacked against him. Brady threw two touchdown passes over the game’s final nine minutes and he did that he even though he had 12 stitches in his hand, didn’t have Rob Gronkowski on the field and was going up against the NFL’s best pass defense.
The win over the Jags means that the Patriots are now headed to the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time.
If the Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl for a sixth time, they’re going to have to do something they’ve already done: Beat the Eagles.
The Eagles advanced to Super Bowl LII by destroying the Vikings, 38-7, in a game that was never close. With the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the Vikings had a chance to become the first team ever to play the game in their home stadium, but the Eagles crushed those dreams in their dominating win.
The game between the Eagles and Patriots is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, a game that the Patriots won 24-21. Oddsmakers aren’t expecting this year’s Super Bowl to be as close as that one as the Patriots have opened as a 5.5 point favorite.
Super Bowl LII will be held Sunday, February 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. eastern time.