“The Biggest Spectacle in Sports,” “The Big Game,” Super Bowl LII takes place on Sunday. The championship for the National Football League features the New England Patriots out of the American Football Conference (AFC) and the Philadelphia Eagles out of the National Football Conference (NFC).
The Patriots and Eagles met 13 years ago in Super Bowl XXXIX which the Patriots won, 24-21. The constant in each game, Tom Brady, is going for his sixth Super Bowl championship.
Brady, a University of Michigan grad, boasts a 5-2 record in the Super Bowl, with both of those losses coming to the hands of the New York Giants. A sixth win would further cement Brady a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Eagles quarterback, Nick Foles, leads the Eagles into the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota after starter Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL late in the regular season. A win for the Eagles would give Foles more credibility and show other teams that he can win a big game, and what better game to do that in than the Super Bowl?
The Collegiate sports desk is ready for the big game, here is how our staff thinks the game will go.
Austin Chastain – Managing/Sports Editor:
This is a Super Bowl that features a cliché “David vs. Goliath” story line with Foles and Brady, respectively. The Eagles want revenge from 13 years ago, even though Foles was 16 years old when these teams last met up in the Super Bowl. I see the Eagles coming out swinging and punching the Patriots in the throat early and taking the lead into the locker room. The second half will be all about No. 12. Brady will get the Patriots off the mat and bring them into the lead in the fourth quarter and ultimately seal the deal for his sixth ring. The past 11 of 17 Super Bowls have had a lead change in the fourth quarter or overtime with last year’s game requiring an extra frame. This one will come down to whoever has the ball at the end of the game, I think the Patriots will leave U.S. Bank Stadium victorious, 27-24.
Mike Staley – Staff Writer:
This Sunday will feature one team going for their sixth Super Bowl Championship, and the other going for their first in franchise history. When these two teams faced off in Super Bowl XXXIX, Tom Brady won his third Championship in four seasons. Amazingly this year, Brady will be looking to do the exact same thing by winning his third Super Bowl in four years. The Eagles come in as four-point underdogs but that line could move as the game gets closer. Statistically, the Eagles and Patriots are eerily similar. When it comes to scoring, both teams are tied in second place with 28.6 points per game behind only the Los Angeles Rams’ at 29.9. On the defensive side of the ball, the Patriots are fifth in scoring defense allowing only 18.5 points a game. The Eagles slightly edged out the Patriots in this category coming in fourth place with 18.4 points allowed per game. The truth is, with how evenly these two teams are matched up, it’s a toss up. If Carson Wentz hadn’t torn his ACL and was still slinging the ball for Philly, the Eagles would probably be favored. Nick Foles will have to play a flawless game for the Eagles if they have any chance of winning. Brady will be playing in his 37th playoff game and eighth Super Bowl. Foles will play good, but not great and Brady’s experience will lead the Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl Championship. Patriots win a close one 28-24.
Aaron Stoner – Staff Writer:
In a wildly entertaining Super bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles will shock the world as well as every insanely overconfident New England Patriots fan across the country. Led by a masterful performance by the streaky yet efficient quarterback play of Nick Foles, and a ground churning run attack with the one-two punch of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount. But it will be the unrelenting pressure caused by the most disruptive front four in the NFL that will be the reason why the “Fly, Eagles Fly” will beat arguably the greatest coach, Bill Belichick, and quarterback in Tom Brady to ever play the game. A tight game that will come down to the incredibly accurate foot of Philly’s rookie kicker Jake Elliott; the Eagles will beat the Patriots in the final seconds by a score of 28-26. In turn, leaving one of the most passionate, loyal fan bases in the world with tear stained cheeks, celebrating their team, as well as a city that has waited expectantly to be crowned champions for almost 60 years.
Andrew Nemeth – Staff Writer:
A couple months ago the Eagles lost their quarterback, Carson Wentz, to a torn ACL, and now they are relying on their backup Nick Foles to scramble together a Super Bowl worthy quarterback in under two months. The key for the Eagles’ offense is to sync up instead of relying on faith throws from Foles. If that’s present early in Sunday’s game, then the Eagles have a major chance to take down the Patriots. But I’m predicting a slow start from the Eagles offense and a Patriot point-heavy first half. If the Eagles can keep up the pressure on Brady then maybe they can take down the greatest quarterback of all time. But if they don’t come straight out of the gate rushing early and often, then they don’t stand much of a chance against the Patriots’ consistently solid offense. In any case, this game is sure to be interesting from start to finish as the Eagles have a lot to count on and achieve in order to win. Overall, I’m going to say the Eagles win 27-23, but no matter what it’s going to be a close game.
Super Bowl LII kicks off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC.
EDITORS NOTE: Update was made to add kick off time and television channel