The Super Bowl is a massive event, with the entire week leading up to it being filled with happenings and as many ways as humanly possible for the NFL — and its sponsors — to make money. The festivities have been in full swing for some time now, but there will be one more big event before the game itself: the pregame show.
The majority of the expert panel here at SB Nation is taking the defending champions, with only Harry Lyles Jr. and Ryan Van Bibber thinking upset.
Two weeks ago, Geoff Schwartz, Jeanna Thomas, and Joel Thorman all correctly picked the Patriots and Eagles to win at home in the conference championships. All three are picking the Patriots to repeat as champions.
But no one at SB Nation did better over the course of the entire season than Lyles. His 175-91 record was a full three games better than anybody else, so his pick of the Eagles comes with a little extra weight.
Philadelphia will start Nick Foles, who took over at quarterback when Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury in December. But the Eagles’ best chance is to lean on their stingy defense Sunday.
Foles took over the starting role for the Eagles when Carson Wentz suffered a torn ACL. He finished the game with 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and even caught a touchdown pass. It was the most prolific day of offense in Super Bowl history and the 41-33 final score was the second-most points ever scored in the big game.
The victory was the first Super Bowl title ever for the Eagles.
But it’s also OK to put aside the hate for a moment and appreciate just how ridiculously good these two have been for the last 17 years. To acknowledge that we’re not going to get to see this for too much longer. And admit that we might never see an NFL run like this ever again.
In less than three quarters, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles topped the record for combined yardage in a Super Bowl. The previous record was 929 — set way back in Super Bowl 22 — when Washington and the Denver Broncos met 30 years ago.