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Super Bowl LII preview: Eagles vs. Patriots

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will play in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, February 4th. The game will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota with the kickoff at 6:30 pm on NBC.

Both teams come into this game with identical 15-3 records.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on the Patriots sidelines (Getty Images)

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on the Patriots sidelines (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com consensus analysis, the Eagles have a 61% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Eagles a 64% chance to win this game.

The Eagles won the last meeting between the two teams on December 6th, 2015. The Eagles won 35-28 over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

New England has not won in this series since November 27th, 2011 when they won 38-20 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

In the past 10 meetings, the Eagles hold a 6-4 advantage. New England won four straight from September 14th, 2003 through November 27th, 2011.

This is the second-time that the Patriots and the Eagles have faced each other in the Super Bowl. The previous instance happened in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida when the Patriots won 24-20.

Tom Brady is the lone player, who played in that game, who is active on either team. Bill Belichick was also the Patriots head coach in that game.

Belichick won his fifth Super Bowl as a head coach last February in New England’s historic comeback over the Atlanta Falcons, surpassing Chuck Noll, the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, for the most Super Bowl wins all-time for a head coach. Brady could break the tie with Charles Haley, who won championships with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys, as they both have five Super Bowl wins.

Belichick, who also won two Super Bowls as the New York Giants defensive coordinator, is also tied with Neal Dahlen, who won seven Super Bowls as an executive. Dahlen won five Super Bowls working in the 49ers Player Personnel department, then two more as the Denver Broncos general manager.

New England is 5-5 in Super Bowl appearances. They are 5-2 in Super Bowls with Brady and Belichick. Both of those losses came to the Giants.

Philadelphia is 0-3 all-time in Super Bowl appearances.

The Eagles won their past two playoff games. They defeated the Falcons 15-10, before blowing out the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 after they did not show up.

The Patriots, like the Eagles, also received a bye during Wild Card weekend. They defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-14, before beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 with a late touchdown reception.

Philadelphia is averaging 28.3 points per game. New England is averaging 28.7 points per game.

Carson Wentz, the Eagles injured quarterback, led his team with 265 of 440 for 3,296 passing yards. He also had 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions before his season-ending torn ACL injury against the Los Angeles Rams in December.

LeGarrette Blount led the running backs with 173 carries for 766 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Zach Ertz led the receivers with 74 receptions for 824 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Brady, the Patriots quarterback, led his team with 385 of 581 for 4,577 passing yards. He had 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Dion Lewis led the running backs with 180 carries for 896 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Rob Gronkowski led the receivers with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

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