Eagles' Foles goes from backup to Super Bowl

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We got one more to go and we're going to go out there and try to win it for you guys. So of course the majority of SN's experts are picking New England to beat Philadelphia.

The buildup to the game - which is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX - has energized both fan bases.

Tom Brady is headed to his eighth Super Bowl and a shot at his sixth championship.

While his team mates soaked up the Super Bowl Opening Night spotlight, injured Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz sat alone on Monday wondering what could have been if not for a late-season knee injury. Since true free agency began in 1994, 21 different teams have played in the Super Bowl, including former traditional doormats such as San Diego, Atlanta (twice!) and Tampa Bay, winners in 2003.

Brady will be going for his third Super Bowl ring in four years. "I believe it is their ability to work together as a team that will make them win the Super Bowl". We don't know the political views of all or even most of the players, but Sports Illustrated reported in early 2017 that all but two of the white players on the Eagles at the time voted for Trump. This would seem to be an advantage for the Patriots this week and on Sunday for Super Bowl LII, right? A fumble by Patriots RB Dion Lewis gives the Eagles the ball back with just under two minutes left to play. What would that genius Bill Belichick do then, huh?

True, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been photographed with a "Make America Great Again" hat in his locker, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a Trump pal who even gave the president a Super Bowl ring past year (which means Trump will have a matching set with his role model Vladimir Putin; bizarrely, Putin allegedly stole Kraft's Super Bowl ring in 2005). "I don't know if I'll ever be over it". That's also the last time any of Schwartz's teams have forced the Patriots into a turnover, which is probably not a coincidence.

The Patriots are a 4 1/2-point favorites Sunday.

And while Brady didn't necessarily drive much of the Patriots' early success against Schwartz-coached teams, he's sure been driving nearly all of it in the more recent matchups. "That's just being competitive", he said.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson huddles with the team during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

In Foles' stunning performance against the NFL's top-ranked defense, he completed four of his five passes of 20 yards or more, for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

The biggest similarity between the Patriots and Eagles is their depth.

Tom Brady, who happens to appear on the cover of Madden NFL 18, will take home MVP honors, throwing for 342 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, according to the simulation. The only thing not working for the Patriots was the running game, with leading rusher Dion Lewis being held to 41 yards and a fumble.

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