Super Bowl LII Preview and Prediction: Eagles will dethrone Patriots


Nick Foles will look to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory after spending a majority of the season on the bench.

Brandon Paz

Two weeks ago, championship weekend offered the NFL a solid taste of the future with a sprinkle of the old.

As per usual, the New England Patriots made an appearance in the AFC Championship game, however, they were challenged and almost beat by a youthful Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars, were it not for yet another Tom Brady comeback. On the NFC side, the feel-good story of Case Keenum and the Minnesota Vikings came to a deflating end with a blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, who had been without their MVP-caliber quarterback for the entirety of the playoffs.

As of the morning of the game, Super Bowl LII will see the Eagles as 4.5-point underdogs — again — against the New England Patriots. However, Vegas has obviously not had any impact on the Eagles as they have managed to overcome their underdog status throughout the playoffs, despite being the no. 1 seed in the NFC.

While the narrative of this game is very unique in its own way, it also shares many parallels to the last time these two teams met in a Super Bowl, 13 years ago.

The Eagles are still looking for their first Super Bowl win in what is now their third appearance in the big game, while the Patriots are looking to be the second team ever to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The first team to reach the feat? Also the Belichick/Brady-led Patriots, who did it in the 38th and 39th installments of the game — the repeat victory of which came at the hands of Donovan McNabb’s Philadelphia Eagles.

On the flip side, Tom Brady has once again outdone himself by appearing in what will be his eighth Super Bowl. He will be looking to break his own record and win a sixth ring. For context, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most Super Bowl wins as a franchise with six. With a win, not only will Brady have as many Super Bowl wins as the Steelers franchise does, but he will have more wins in the big game than the 31 other franchises in the NFL.

The Eagles are looking to put a cherry on top of a nearly flawless season. The only thing is, they will be looking to defeat — and possibly dethrone — a tested dynasty with their backup quarterback. After Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending torn ACL in week 14, the keys of the franchise landed in Nick Foles’ lap and he has not just managed the team to the Super Bowl — he has helped lead them to the game by posting a 122.1 quarterback rating through the 2017 playoffs.

When it’s all said and done, history will either be made or re-written. The Patriots’ dynasty will come at the hands of Nick Foles’ Eagles, or Brady and Belichick will prove once again that they have the NFL figured out and locked down.

As far as I’m concerned, having my favorite team be from the AFC, I’m looking for the Eagles to dethrone the Patriots from their incredible 16 year run. Nick Foles and the Eagles will surprise the NFL (and Vegas) by winning their first Super Bowl by a score of 27-24.