How we got there? Nobody saw that coming.
The New England Patriots, for the eighth time in the Belichick-Brady era are representing the AFC.
No surprise there.
In the other corner, the Philadelphia Eagles, for the first time since 2004, are representing the NFC in the big game.
The Eagles were the favorite in the NFC until about early December, when quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL and MCL in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams.
The minute I saw Wentz leave the field that Sunday, I thought the Eagles season was over.
After all, Wentz was the front runner to win the MVP. The most important position in any sport is the quarterback in the NFL.
How could the Eagles expect to get to Super Bowl LII without their starting quarterback?
Well, thankfully for Philadelphia, they were fortunate enough to have one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league in Nick Foles.
Foles, who started for Philadelphia and led them to the postseason back in 2013, has bounced around the league since. He’s had stints in St. Louis and Kansas City, but it seemed like his days as a viable quarterback option were over.
Foles was up and down in his three starts closing out the regular season, but has been absolutely sensational in his two postseason games against Atlanta and Minnesota.
Usually, when you are playing with a backup quarterback, the expectation is that the coaching staff will dumb down the game plan and won’t ask too much of the fill-in.
That wasn’t the case for Foles. He carried the Eagles in the second half of their win against the Falcons, and was nothing short of masterful in four quarters against the Vikings in the NFC title game.
The Eagles put the ball in Nick Foles hands and he was terrific.
A little over a month ago, the idea of Nick Foles and the Eagles competing against the best coach and quarterback I have ever seen would have been comical.
The Eagles? Hanging with and, dare I say, beating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl?
That was then, this is now.
The Eagles absolutely have a chance to win on Sunday. Now, it won’t be easy.
There’s a reason why the Patriots have dominated the sport and have won as many Super Bowls as they have. They know how to deliver this time of the year.
However, if there is a recipe to beat the Patriots, it’s pretty simple: rush and pressure Tom Brady, make big plays in the passing game, and control the clock.
The Eagles can do all three of these things.
I love the fact that they’ve played up the underdog card and embraced the idea that nobody believes in them. It’s worked wonders throughout the postseason.
Can they pull one last miracle against the best of the best?
Nick Foles and the Eagles beating Tom Brady and the Patriots; a story that’s almost as good as the original Rocky.
JJ’s Super Bowl Unlock
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