How the Patriots Got There
The Patriots trailed the Jaguars 20-10 heading into the final quarter of play of the AFC Championship, but Tom Brady kicked it into high gear to close out the game when he found wide receiver Danny Amendola on back-to-back touchdown passes. The go-ahead touchdown was incredible by Amendola, as he worked the back line of the end zone and somehow got both feet down.
This will be Brady’s eighth Super Bowl appearance with Bill Belichick, and they are the defending Super Bowl Champions. If they’re going to win it this year, I’m sure they hope they can do so without it having to be in historic comeback fashion. Also, the two-week layoff might be enough time to get tight end Rob Gronkowski back from a concussion. The unsung hero of the game is cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who levitated to break up this good fourth down throw from a very game Blake Bortles to help seal the victory at 24-20.
How the Eagles Got There
The Vikings got off to a 7-0 start in the NFC Championship. It looked like they had all of the momentum, until this 50-yard pick six by cornerback Patrick Robinson of the Eagles completely changed the game:
Philadelphia never looked back, as Nick Foles played the game of his life, staying poised in the pocket long enough to find wide open receivers downfield en route to a blowout victory. It was stunning to see it be such a lopsided affair, because it was something that Minnesota hasn’t had happen to them all season. The Vikings also miss out on the opportunity to be the first team to ever host a Super Bowl.
We’ve Got You Covered
The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 4, 2018, televised on NBC, with the game starting at 6:30 PM ET. There will be plenty of storylines leading up to the game, with Tom Brady trying to add to his trophy case and a backup quarterback in Philly trying to sustain the team’s momentum.
This is also a match-up between No. 1 seeds from each respective conference. The last time these two teams met in the Super Bowl was back in 2005, when the Patriots beat the Eagles 24-21. That game featured Brady vs. Donovan McNabb, and it’s incredible to think that Brady is still going so strong today. I mean, everyone else who played in that game is long retired, a commentator, or now a head coach (Mike Vrabel in Tennessee).
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel caught a touchdown pass the last time the Patriots played the Eagles in the Super Bowl (2005). pic.twitter.com/2oO7QkH81v— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 22, 2018
We’ll have a ton of Super Bowl coverage here at Dawgs By Nature throughout the next two weeks, so stay tuned.
Here’s all the information you need to know about the big game.
Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV Channel: NBC
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst), Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox (sideline reporters)