“Super Bowl- Snapshot-Geat Offense-vs-Great Defense”
This will be fun in two weeks, come Super Bowl Sunday night,even if you loathe the quarterback, dislike the coach, and are tired of everyone coming out of the ‘State of New England’.
The great veteran leadership and the quarterback that make up the foundation of the New England Patriots, against the dynamics of a bright young coach and the dimensions of the street tough defense, that define the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Patriots got stronger and stronger as the game went on, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC title game.
The Eagles destroyed a powerful Minnesota Vikings defense, to punch their tickets to go to the Big Show with that awesome display in the NFC title game..
It was a wild Sunday in the championship games.
Tom Brady, playing with 12-stitches near his right thumb, overcame that, wore out a once dominant Jacksonville defense, and put aside all types of distractions, to earn the trip back to the Super Bowl, with a 6th ring just ahead.
The thumb injury did not hamper him, though he was scared for much of the week.
The loss of tight end Rob Gronkowski might have been devastating in the game, but so many other weapons were there to throw too.
Danny Amendola made big catches and returned a key punt, off-setting the loss of last years hero Julian Edelman, who did not play at all this year.
The assistant coaches, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, both headed to head coaching jobs when the Super Bowl is over, put together superb game plans.
And the team did not let the controversy of a couple of weeks ago , the stories of strife between the owner, the coach, Brady, his trainer and more, eat away at their team.
And Bill Belicheck’s defense got better and better over the second half of the season. And coming out of character, the Patriots unveiled two trick plays that went for big yardage, something historically you’d never seem from a Belicheck team.
Meanwhile on Sunday night, the Eagles destroyed what was a great Minnesota defense, using their own sledgehammer defense, and backup QB-Nick Foles.
It was the brilliance of young head coach and his kid coordinator that took away the strengths of the Vikings defense. Doug Pederson and Nathan Hackett put Foles in a quick passing package, let him make plays, find his rhythm, and wear out a Vikings defense.
Minnesota came into the game giving up just (275) yards a game. Foles threw for (336) in just 3-quarters, and led his team to 38-straight points to win the game going away.
A journeyman quarterback posted an amazing 141-QB rating, despite having struggled three games in a row heading into this title affair..
And it was an Eagles team that suffered a lot of jolts during the year, losing running backs, and linebackers, and of course their spectacular QB-Carson Wentz.
Heroes everywhere, Fletcher Cox and his friends on defense had lots to do with disrupting Case Keenum. And across the field, Foles came out throwing, and his receivers made big play after big play, and got big yards after contact.
So it is on to the Super Bowl, where New England seeks out a sixth ring, and the Eagles, seeking to do something they haven’t done, win once since the 1960 Norm Van Brocklin-Tommy McDonald-Chuck Bednarick era, will oppose them.
It will be a great Patriots offense vs a great Eagles defense. It will be worth the watch. Even if you hate one of the franchises because they are always there.