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Underdogs vs. Favored: SuperBowl LII brings the Eagles and Pats together again

The time is here. It’s finally time for Super Bowl LII to kick off today with Pink being set to sing the national anthem and Justin Timberlake to headline the halftime show . Nick Foles and the Eagles are set to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the new U.S Bank stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

A rematch of 2004’s Super Bowl XXXIX, which was won by New England 24–21, Super Bowl LII is the first Super Bowl appearance for the Eagles since that game. The Patriots became the first team since the Seattle Seahawks to appear in two consecutive Super Bowls, having won Super Bowl LI in the previous season, and are also seeking to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl victors since the Patriots themselves won Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX. Philadelphia is making its third appearance in the Super Bowl, having lost Super Bowls XV and XXXIX.

Tom Brady, one of the most influential people in the history of football– some might say even the greatest of all time– is headed into his eighth Super Bowl of his career. Being the 199th pick in the 2000 draft class, some say he has one of the best sports stories ever. He is certainly one of the most accomplished football players in history, winning five Super Bowl rings, four Super Bowl MVPs , and two regular season MVPs.

“Tom brady is the greatest QB of all time,” said student Jonathan Hernandez. “He has accomplished so much in the league and now all he is doing is adding sprinkles to an eighteen layer cake.”

The Philadelphia Eagles are yet again under dogs. After losing their starting quarterback Carson Wentz from a ACL injury, there wasn’t much hope for them to make it this far. Quarterback Nick Foles has been proving people wrong, after beating the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Viking to make it to the Super Bowl.

“ I still don’t think he can win the big one,” said student Jermaine Wright, “but anything is possible.”

According to the NFL network, the Eagles only have a 34.6 percent chance to win the Super Bowl. Tonight, however, Foles could prove critics wrong.