Philadelphia and New England were the best teams in the league all season, and they have backed it up with strong playoff runs.
When the Eagles meet the Patriots in Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, it will mark the fourth time in five years that the top seeds in the NFC and AFC have battled for the NFL championship.
The Eagles and Patriots match up well with each other, offensively and defensively.
A good 13 years since the franchises met in Super Bowl 39, who will take the rematch in Super Bowl 52? Here’s an early prediction.
The Patriots are vulnerable in linebacker coverage but have the cornerbacks and safeties to contain big plays. The Eagles’ defensive weaknesses lie on the edges of their back seven.
The Eagles will make more plays in the slot with Nelshon Agholor working on former Eagle Eric Rowe, and the Patriots will see Danny Amendola cool off against Patrick Robinson. Overall, not much will separate the offense explosiveness. And with weather not being a factor, the game likely will come down to the final possession.
In the end of a close, somewhat high-scoring game, it’s easier to trust the steady Brady over the streaky Foles.
“I’m convinced he’s not 40 years old,” Theismann told USA Today. “I think his birth certificate was sealed hermetically a long time ago, and he’s a genetic freak is what he is.
“When your arm starts to wane, you don’t make those (precision) throws anymore. And in Tom’s case, I haven’t seen any dropoff.”
Theismann isn’t the only one to give credit to Brady’s throwing arm. Ron Jaworski, who was a quarterback in the NFL for 17 years, echoed similar thoughts.
“The ball comes out with a great deal of velocity. His mobility may even be better at 40 than it was 30. It’s amazing. I marvel at the guy. At (38), I was at the end of line and I was hanging on,” Jaworski said.