Super Bowl Sunday, the day we’ve all been waiting for, is quickly approaching.
If you told me in August that Nick Foles would be leading the NFC’s No. 1-seeded Philadelphia Eagles to back-to-back playoff victories on the road to the Super Bowl, I would have called you crazy.
Yet, here we are. Just hours away from Foles leading Philadelphia into a Super showdown against Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.
The most reliable sportsbooks you can find online are giving the Patriots between 4.5 and 4 points as a favorite. So, once again, Philadelphia will head into its third-straight postseason match-up as underdogs.
They seem to thrive as underdogs, but can they make it three straight on Sunday?
Here’s how the All-Out Blitz staff believes Sunday will shape out.
Ben’s pick: Patriots 28, Eagles 21
The only team to defeat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl also came out of the NFC East (Eli Manning-led Giants, on two separate occasions), but I always have a hard time picking against the Belichick/Brady duo in February.
The coach-QB duo doesn’t need another Super Bowl victory to cement their legacy, which is already the best in league history, but that’s not going to stop them from coming away with their sixth Lombardi anyways.
The X-factor in this match-up will be tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will in fact be suited up for the game despite suffering a concussion against Jacksonville.
Gronk has been giving opposing defenses headaches since entering the league in 2010 and has three 100-yard games and 10 touchdown receptions in 12 career postseason games. I expect to see another 100+ yard game and another touchdown or two from the All-Pro tight end Sunday night.
I certainly won’t be upset if Philadelphia, once again, goes against the grain and pulls off the victory, but I have New England winning by a touchdown and Gronk winning Super Bowl MVP.
Jordan’s pick: Patriots 31, Eagles 24
Although picking Philadelphia to win the Super Bowl would be fun, it doesn’t make much sense. New England is consistently more prepared than its opponent and has been to the big game more than the Eagles have.
Tom Brady’s hand is no longer going to be an issue (not that it was against Jacksonville two weeks ago) and Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play. Even if the Eagles had Carson Wentz healthy for this game, it would still be so difficult to pick against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. I’ve already done it once this postseason – and it didn’t work out in my favor. This time, I’m going to get it right.
The game will start off with a bang from either side and may be competitive throughout but in the end, we all know who’s going to win it.
Brady gets his sixth win and cements his legacy as the greatest quarterback in the history of football while Philadelphia awaits the return of Wentz ahead of next season.
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