Grab your snacks and get to the T.V. this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. to catch the 52nd Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
This year’s game features two similar teams, both with regular season records of 13 wins and 3 losses. While both encountered losses to the Chiefs early in the year, they overcame diversity to come out atop both of their respected divisions.
Now, Bill Bellicheck and the Patriots are no strangers to the big game, as they have played in seven Super Bowls since the legendary coach was hired in 2001, winning five of them thanks to historic underdog, and now future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady. On the other side, not many people could have predicted the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl, especially after their starting quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL back on December 10th in a game against the Los Angeles Rams.
As the Patriots are no strangers to the Super Bowl, it is a little different story for the Eagles. As a matter of fact, they have not been to the Super Bowl since 2005, where they were edged out by none other than the New England Patriots in a close battle with a score of 24-21.
The Eagles will most likely be a balanced team coming into the Super Bowl. With stud running backs like Jay Ajayi and former Patriot LeGarrette Blount, the Eagles running game can ground and pound you or, spread you out and screen you all night long. At quarterback, Nick Foles will look to continue his consistent playoff play, and keep the Eagles playing two dimensional by taking shots down field. On the defensive side, Brandon Graham will look to wreak havoc on Tom Brady, as he leads the team with 9.5 sacks on the season.
“I am pretty excited for the Eagles going to the Super Bowl this year, I have been a huge fan ever since I started watching pro games. After all of the seasons not even making the playoffs, they made it to the Super Bowl, with a backup Quarterback too,” said junior Jaden Gearries
The Patriots are of course led by quarterback Tom Brady, who has shown no signs of slowing down in production at the age of 40, as he has thrown for a league leading 4,577 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. Brady will look to connect with monster tight-end Rob Gronkowski in the Super Bowl, as he has been one of the most explosive players at his position since he entered the league in 2010. On the defensive side, the Pats could possibly get some help from veteran James Harrison, who they acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers this season shortly before the trade deadline. Harrison, like many of the Patriots players, is no stranger to big games, and could play a pivotal role in leading the team onto the field come Sunday Night. Many Patriots fans are confident about the game, but perhaps none as confident as Lebanon’s own Carson Burtron.
“I practically was born in New England. I live and breathe the blue and red. If my parents would let me, I would get the number 12 tatted on my bicep. You already know one of my kids names will be Tom. My dream goal is to own the Patriots one day. My prediction is that the Pats will win by at least 40 points. I also would like to place bets with Nick Nies and Jaden Gearries, but they are not as confident in their team as I am,” said sophomore Carson Burtron