Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots: Super Bowl LII preview

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With all the pieces they have on both sides of the ball and the Patriots defense not being at its most dominant, I think this game could be very close.

Along with cashing in on his former team's success, Garoppolo is about to become a very rich man with the new deal he'll sign with the 49ers or elsewhere in National Football League free agency. Jeffery's addition changed that for his sophomore year.

Rob Gronkowski walks off the field after an injury in the second quarter during the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. In the final frame, he threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 10-point fourth quarter comeback. More on that in a moment.

There were those who seized the job early in the season such as Jake Delhomme did for Carolina when he replaced Rodney Peete at halftime of the 2003 season opener; Brady when he stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe in Week 3 in 2001; and Joe Kapp, who replaced Gary Cuozzo for Minnesota in the second game in 1969. It's odd because all three of his punts in the second half went for less than 40-yards.

Tom Brady does not expect to be limited by his hand injury in Super Bowl LII.

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November 7: Dont'a Hightower goes down - The Patriots defense was just getting back on track after a shaky start when Hightower was lost to a torn pectoral muscle in early November. Brady covers up so many flaws, and could lead this team to yet another Super Bowl victory.

Soon after Carson Wentz went down with a season-ending knee injury and Philadelphia's Super Bowl hopes were placed on backup Nick Foles' right arm, Jeff Hostetler's phone lit up. No matter which team covers on Super Bowl Sunday, this will be the best against the spread percentage by underdogs in a single postseason in that span according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Patriots will hold one more home practice Sunday afternoon before traveling to Minneapolis on Monday.

January 13: Falcons botch a last-minute red-zone possession in Philly in the divisional playoffs - Down 15-10, the Falcons failed to score on four consecutive plays inside the Philly 12-yard line. "And I got to believe the Eagles fan base is every bit as loyal and strong as they are".

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remains in concussion protocol, but took a step forward on Saturday by participating in a portion of the Patriots' practice. After winning a Super Bowl in New England, Long chose to sign with the Eagles, as he liked what their system on defense offered him.

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