By Colten Hagadus
This year marks the 52nd Super Bowl in NFL history. It is must see TV, as it brings almost 111 million Americans together for the television event. It is also the one football game per year that produces the most unique commercials and an always-dazzling 30 minute half time show. This year the game is being played by the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. It is certainly a tale of two different teams, as the Patriots have already won five Super Bowls, while the Eagles have made two Super Bowl appearances, but haven’t walked away with a win in either case.
New England quarterback Tom Brady is considered to be one of the greatest players ever to touch a football. The city of Boston has been spoiled with multiple championships in three different sports during this decade, and have certainly have gotten their taste of success. This Patriots team is the true definition of a modern day dynasty and Las Vegas favors them to defeat the Eagles this year by a spread of 4.5 points.
The Philadelphia Eagles, however, love being the underdog. They embraced this label so much so that after their divisional round win vs. the Atlanta Falcons, they broke out dog masks and wore them on the field after the game. The whole city of Philadelphia embraced this gesture because it defines the character of the city itself. It is a city that would do just about anything for their football team to bring home just one Lombardi Trophy.
It may seem that this Eagles team should not be the underdog with their 13-3 regular season record, but they have overcome the odds again and again. Many wrote this team off after suffering four injuries to the most important positions on a football field. The team lost starting All Pro Tackle Jason Peters, MVP candidate Carson Wentz, mismatch running back Darren Sproles, and young linebacker Jordan Hicks, who may have been the most important piece of their defense. The “next man up” mentality has helped this team overcome these injuries as they all believe in each other and consider themselves as one big family.
What makes this game interesting is that these two teams met in 2005 in the Super Bowl with the Patriots coming back to defeat the Eagles 24-21 with Brady as quarterback. This rematch gives the Eagles their chance at revenge. If the Eagles somehow continue this amazing run by beating one of the best teams of the generation, it would be a true underdog story, and the celebration in Philadelphia would certainly be one to remember. As for the Patriots, a win tonight would secure their 6th Lombardi Trophy, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most Super Bowl wins of all time.