Well folks, we’ve reached the end of another NFL season. In what seems to have been a recurring theme over the past 18 years, Tom Brady enters Super Bowl week with the chance to lead the Patriots to a championship. A win on Sunday would give Brady his (and the team’s) sixth Super Bowl title. It would also be the second time that Brady has lead the Patriots to three championships in four years, after doing so between 2001-2004.
What stands against the Patriots is a Philadelphia Eagles team that feels disrespected. The Eagles seemed poised for a Super Bowl trip when quarterback Carson Wentz was healthy and looking like an MVP candidate. However, most people wrote them off as a contender when Wentz tore his ACL in week 14. The Eagles have let this be their driving force to Minnesota. I am a firm believer that a disrespected team is a dangerous team.
Enough about how these two teams got here, let’s get to the game itself. SUPER BOWL 52:
This should be a great game. Expect a lot of offense as both quarterbacks will most likely light up the opposing team’s secondary. If the Patriots can stop the run, then the game is theirs. The same can be said about the Eagles if you replace stopping the run with developing a consistent pass rush. They’ll have to hit Brady early and often. This is something that the Eagles are more than capable of doing. The verdict is still out on if the Patriots can contain both Jay Ajayi and familiar face LeGarrette Blount.
This will be a high-scoring affair as both quarterbacks will throw for well over 250 yards and multiple touchdowns. Brady will throw for four while Wentz will have two and his running backs will pick up the rest of the points. In the end, a back and forth affair will come down to the final minutes. Brady will lead the Patriots on a textbook forth quarter drive to set up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal with just under a minute remaining. Wentz will try to send the game into overtime, but Jake Elliot will miss a field goal as time expires. While this is a bold prediction, there’s an even bolder one coming up.
FINAL SCORE PREDICTION:
Patriots 41 – Eagles 38
SUPER BOWL MVP: Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski will catch three of Brady’s four touchdown passes to tie the record for most touchdown receptions in a Super Bowl and break the record for most catches in a Super Bowl by hauling in 14 catches. The only coverage option that the Eagles have against Gronkowski is safety Malcolm Jenkins, who is six inches shorter and 61 pounds lighter than Gronk. He will have a field day against Jenkins en route to becoming the first tight end to win the Super Bowl MVP award.
Editors Note: I can’t take another game like this, as much as these late game wins are thrilling, I just can’t take this sort of game again. I need a slaughterfest. I need it to be 52-14, I need to cruise to victory, just once. We deserve that and we’ve earned that right. The edge of my seat is worn out… -Andrew