Super Bowl predictions: Eagles or Patriots?
Well, Super Sunday is upon us.
Super Bowl LII is less than 48 hours away. One way or another, history will be made. The New England Patriots can tie the Pittsburgh Steelers with the most Lombardi Trophies if they claim their sixth championship on Sunday night.
Even though there are just two Penn Staters (Chris Hogan and Stefen Wisniewski) playing in the game, we thought it would be fun to re-visit our staff for a round of Super Bowl predictions. Hey, we did pretty well during Penn State football season, so we think we know our stuff.
Two of our staffers picked the Birds, while two picked the Patriots. Let’s take a look at the specifics.
Patrick Johnsonbaugh, sports intern
The Eagles have a very solid defense that should be able to keep the game close along with a good running game. My only problem with the Eagles is their QB. Nick Foles has been inconsistent so far this year and I can't make the assumption that he's going to play out of his mind. On the other hand, the Pats have the best to ever do it in Tom Brady and that will be the difference. I think the Eagles will have the lead going into the fourth quarter and Brady will do his usual Brady things and find a way to win his 6th Super Bowl ring.
Patriots 27, Eagles 24
Michael Kresovich, sports intern
Super Bowl LII will showcase an electrifying defense in the Philadelphia Eagles, and one of the greatest football players of all-time in Tom Brady. With the experience on the “big stage” Tom Brady will pick apart the Eagles defense pushing his Patriots to a big win. The Eagles will put up a big fight, though. Expect an early Eagles score, but the Patriots offense will be too much for Philly.
Patriots 24, Eagles 13
Chris Morelli, managing editor
This is a tough one. As a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I truly believe the Patriots should not be in this game – and if Jesse James’ catch had been called a TD (it was a catch after all) – the course of history would have been changed. The Steelers would have gotten the No. 1 seed, would have enjoyed home field throughout the playoffs and would be facing the Eagles in an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl. Instead, here we are. Well, the time has come. There will be no stupid passes from the 1-yard line (Seahawks) and there will be no fourth-quarter collapse (Falcons). The dynasty is done and the Lombardi comes back to Pennsylvania on Sunday night.
Eagles 35, Patriots 31
Abbi Sales, sports intern
The fall of the Patriots dynasty is coming closer than many may think. I believe this Sunday’s game is that fall. The underdogs have proven themselves worthy of this takedown after turning struggle into success this season. It won’t be an easy fight but the Birds might have what it takes to trip up the Patriots.
Eagles 35, Patriots 28
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