The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are looking for a third title in four years. Here’s how they can knock off the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s becoming old hat. Or should it be old helmet. For the eighth time since 2001 and the fourth time in seven years, the New England Patriots are making plans to appear in the Super Bowl. The team rallied for a 24-20 victory over the very-game Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in the AFC title clash. Next up are Doug Pederson’s Philadelphia Eagles, who rolled to a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
5. Big Game Experience
A year ago, the New England Patriots set a new NFL record with a ninth Super Bowl appearance. Now the franchise will make it a 10-spot when it comes to this series – the eighth time since 2001 that the combination of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are Super Bowl bound.
As has been well-documented, the Patriots tied the NFL record this year with a ninth consecutive playoff appearance. Meanwhile, the newly-crowned NFC champion Eagles reached the postseason this year for the first time since 2013. This is also New England’s third Super Bowl appearance in four years and is a team that since 2011 has played at least two playoff games in each of the last seven seasons.
Yes, the names have changed over the years but recent Super Bowl heroes such as Brady, cornerback Malcolm Butler, running back James White are but a small sample of the battled-tested performers on this unit.
Even with standouts such as linebacker Dont’a Hightower and wide receiver Julian Edelman sidelined for some or all of the season, the Pats still have a big advantage in this area.