By Rakwan Hedgemond
Super Bowl LII kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 4. The underdog Philadelphia Eagles go up against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The Eagles have had a tremendous season, finishing the regular season 13-3. During their dominant season, they lost their starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who was replaced by Nick Foles. Since losing Wentz after a knee injury, they have been considered the underdogs, but they have proved that they are still determined to win this year’s Super Bowl. They beat the Vikings 38-7 in a blow out on Jan.19 to advance to the Super Bowl.
On the other hand, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots have made their way back to the Super Bowl, AGAIN! The Patriots also finished the regular season 13-3, and Tom Brady is looking to beat “Father Time” and add another Super Bowl ring to his collection of 5, all with the Patriots. The Patriots came out of a tight game on [date], with a late run to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20. Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl rings among all quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
Eagles fans are extremely confident about their team, given their tremendous season despite injuries. “Eagles all day! I’m predicting the score will be 24-17,” Kyle Eustace, a senior digital art and design major, said. “I believe that IF we lose, it will be because Tom Brady is an amazing quarterback and he can make any receiver look good,” he added. Another Eagles fan did not want to jinx his team with predictions. “As an Eagles fan who’s waited 14 years to see them back in the Super Bowl, there is no way I’m going to jinx them with a prediction. But I will tell you that I think anyone who thinks the Patriots are the better team haven’t been paying attention to the Eagles this season,” Adam Hornbuckle, senior political science major, said.
Patriots fans are also confident.“I think it is going to be a great game between two great teams,” Kal Finesse, sophomore broadcasting major, said. “As a Patriots fan I am obviously going to expect a Patriots win. I don’t expect that it will be an easy win, but I think it will be another Super Bowl comeback by Tom Brady, with the final score 38-35,” he added.
Taylor Hill, a senior broadcasting major who isn’t a fan of either team, believes that the Patriots will win the Super Bowl. “A lot of people are divided but I’m going to go with the Patriots because they have Tom Brady and they did it last year,” she said. “You can’t really predict a score; look what happened last year to the Atlanta Falcons,” she added.