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Super Bowl 52: Patriots vs. Eagles on Feb. 4

Super Bowl 52: Patriots vs. Eagles on Feb. 4

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie hoists the NFC Championship trophy (Todd Rosenberg via AP) and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up the Lamar Hunt Trophy on Sunday. (Jim Mahoney via AP)

By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 08:14 AM

Super Bowl 52 – aka LII – between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will provide a little bit of NFL history when it is played in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

The Patriots will be trying to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories by one team (six), while the Philadelphia Eagles will be trying to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history, per Time magazine.

The Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 on Sunday and the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 to advance to the big game.

New England, the defending Super Bowl champions, will be making their record 10th trip to the big game, and all of its wins have come under quarterback Tom Brady, who helped the team win its first Super Bowl in 2001 with a 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams.

The Patriots-Eagles matchup is a repeat of Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004 when New England beat the Eagles 24-21. Philadelphia's only other Super Bowl appearance was in Super Bowl XV in 1981, when they lost to the Oakland Raiders 27-10, according to Sports Illustrated.

Odds makers are not giving the Eagles much of a chance, making them 5.5-point underdogs against the Patriots, the largest Super Bowl underdogs since the Arizona Cardinals were seven-point underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII, ESPN reported Monday.

While William Hill's Nevada book made New England five-point favorite, Wynn has the Patriots a 6.5-point edge and Station Casinos listed the defending champs as a six-point favorite, ESPN said.

The Eagles, which were underdogs in both of their playoff against the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings, both victories, have relished the role. Philadelphia offensive tackle Lane Johnson, defensive end Chris Long, and tight end Zach Ertz wore dog masks after victory over the Falcons last Saturday, noted USA Today.

Eagles' fans quickly picked up on the defiant dog mask statement with many wearing them to Sunday's over the Vikings at Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field.
 

"I found mine at a market," mask-wearing fan Ken Hawkins told USA Today. "Someone offered me $50 for it today, but I can't sell. It's a part of history now."

Despite the Eagles 13-3 regular season record, many experts counted Philadelphia out from advancing after the team lost starting quarterback Carson Wentz in December in a victory over the Los Angeles Rams, N.J.com reported.

His backup Nick Foles was outstanding Sunday and now leads the Eagles against Brady in two weeks. Brady replaced New England starter Drew Bledsoe during the 2001 season after an injury to lead the Patriots to the Super Bowl.

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Super Bowl 52 – aka LII – between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will provide a little bit of NFL history when it is played in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.
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