By Jireh Antwi.

Where and What time

New England Patriots vs the Philadelphia Eagles – This Sunday February 4th at 23:30 GMT at the Minnesota Vikings U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for Superbowl LII (52).

The Get to know

Tom Brady the New England Patriots historic quarterback, arguably one of the greatest of all time, 5-time Superbowl winner, could be making it 6 this year. Last year’s Superbowl, it seemed all was lost for the Patriots when the Atlanta Falcons ran away with a 21-3 score in the second quarter and what looked like Tom Brady being prepared by social media to be a new meme.

However, he showed everyone what he can do and who he is, ending the game in a 34-28 win and adding a 5th title to his resume. Even with his hand injury in the AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he still guided his team to victory with 2 touchdowns overall, although it looked to be a blow out at the start game in the Jaguars favour. Let’s see if he can retain the Super bowl title and put in a spectacle for the world to see.

The Philadelphia Eagles dominated the Vikings in the NFC Championship game beating them 38-7, they were at 15 wins and 3 losses in the season so far and the Patriots likewise had 15 wins and 3 losses all the way to the final match. If the Eagles win, it will be the first time they have won the Lombardi Trophy with 2 appearances previously, whilst the New England Patriots will be adding to their dynasty and another one in the book for head coach Bill Belichick making it 8 Superbowl appearances for him in his reign with the Pats.

Eagles have lost their number 1 quarterback Carson Wentz who played tremendously and was in for a shot for the seasons MVP award with Nick Coles filling in that role having made 78% off his passes for 352 yards and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. The chance for the Eagles to win would come from their deep defensive line and hopefully being able to put pressure on a 40-year-old Tom Brady. The Eagles and Patriots have met before in the Superbowl in 2004 with a close game, Patriots just edging 24-21 in the 4th quarter.

Eagles and Patriots members on the opening night of the Superbowl week.

Half-Time Performance

Justin Timberlake is headlining the Pepsi half-time performance show this year, let’s hope there isn’t another controversy similar to the last time with Janet Jackson. With Justin dropping new music this year, he will be looking to put on a spectacle to thrust himself to his usual best self.

The anticipated adverts and trailers for movies and products are also something to look out for! Already, Doritos and Mountain Dew have released an iconic one featuring Busta Rhymes, Peter Dinklage, Morgan Freeman and Missy Elliot. You can watch that here:

The Patriots will be sure to be the favourites to win, but I’m sure most of America will be rooting for the Eagles in this uphill task. You’ll be able to watch the game and the lead up to the game on BBC1.

 

Jireh is a Microbiology and Molecular Biology graduate from the Manchester Metropolitan University. He has a passion for various sports, scientific discovery and trainer brands.

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