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The Round Up

Football Picks by Scott: Playoffs: Super Bowl

Super Bowl LII (52) has come upon us. After many weeks of football we are down to the last two teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. These two teams met in Super Bowl XXXIX (39). The Patriots won that game 24-21. The Patriots were in the middle of their winning run, getting their third championship. The Super Bowl will be played in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The stadium is one of the newest in the NFL, and has a closed roof to shelter the fans from the cold Minnesota winter.

 

This time the Eagles have had to rely on Nick Foles to be reliable after Carson Wentz went down with an ACL injury. The Eagles managed to end the season with a 13-3 record after the injury to Wentz. The Eagles have managed to make the playoffs as the number one seed in the NFC, then they beat the Falcons in the divisional round and then Vikings in the championship round to reach the Super Bowl. The Eagles hope to get their first title for Philadelphia. Not including soccer, it has been since 1967 for a team from Philadelphia to win a major sports title, that’s 51 years, almost as long as Cleveland’s drought, which was 52 years. After trading for Jay Ajayi and others, the Eagles look to surprise the Patriots and get the trophy.

Meanwhile, the Patriots are defending the title after a miraculous comeback win last year in Super Bowl LI (51) in Houston. Tom Brady, playing in his eighth Super Bowl, has not slowed down since turning 40 years old this year. The Patriots are 15-3 and look to be on the path towards back to back Super Bowl Championships. The Patriots were the number one seed in the AFC, beating the Titans in the divisional round and then the Jaguars in the championship round to reach the Super Bowl. The Patriots would win their sixth title as would Brady, if they win. The team looked to struggle early in the season, maybe off the Super Bowl victory, but they have turned it around with an eight game winning streak, which would be longer had they not lost to Miami in week 14.

 

The Eagles will be playing in their third Super Bowl, with an 0-2 record in the Super Bowl making them 25th all time. The Patriots are playing in their tenth Super Bowl and are 5-4 in the Super Bowl, making them third all time. Only four teams are perfect in the Super Bowl being, the Baltimore Ravens, the New Orleans Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the New York Jets. 13 teams have never won the Super Bowl, including the Bills who went to four straight Super Bowl’s and lost them all. Only the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the jacksonville Jaguars, and the Houston Texans have never been to the Super Bowl. The Lions, Jaguars, and the Texans have all hosted the Super Bowl, making the Browns the only team to never host or play in the Super Bowl.

 

The Patriots have chosen as the home team to wear white jerseys for the game. The Patriots are 3-1 when wearing white, 2-2 when wearing blue, and 0-1 wearing red. Teams that wear white in the Super Bowl have won 12 of the last 13, with the last one winning with colored jerseys being the Ravens in 2012. The last team to be home for the AFC was the Broncos, and they chose white and won. The Falcons, were home for the NFC, chose red, and lost the game.

 

Last year’s game was an amazing one to watch as the Falcons lead 28-3 in the second half, only to lose the game in overtime 34-28. With only 8:21 left to go in the third quarter the Falcons has a nice, comfortable lead. That was soon gone as the Patriots went crazy trying to get a fourth quarter rally, unlike any other. The Patriots had an amazing fourth quarter rally, led by Tom Brady. He threw for 466 yards in the game, a Super Bowl record. The game was the first to go into overtime, where the Patriots got the ball to start, where they then drove down the field to score a touchdown to win the game 34-28 getting the Patriots and Brady their fifth title.

The game is set to start at 5:30 on NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth calling the game. It will cost $5 million for a 30-second commercial during the game. Pink will be singing the national anthem, and Justin Timberlake will sing during the halftime show. The Patriots are currently 5.5 point favorites over the Eagles.

 

The Lombardi Trophy will be handed to the winners of the Super Bowl. Usually a famous player  for the winning team will hand it to a TV personality for the station that covers the game. Dan Patrick usually hands the trophy out, when NBC does the game, as he is one of the pregame commentators. The pregame show starts at 1 p.m. will have new NBC Sports analyst, Dale Earnhardt Jr, a recently retired NASCAR driver. Earnhardt Jr will also be covering the Olympics this year in PyeongChang and also the NASCAR races on NBC, which is in the later half of their season.

 

The game will be shown will the new skycam feature including the high cam about 45 to 60 feet above the field, during the Super Bowl. The skycam was first used this year during a game when fog was too dense to see from normal cameras. Once they tried it, the fans loved it and it was used exclusively during many Thursday Night Football games, which were also on NBC. The view gives the viewers a Madden-like angle, and they can see the plays develop, not unlike the regular cameras. For the first time in the United States, 3D imaging of key players from each team will be used during the game.

 

Thanks to those that do read this column. This will be the last week for the fantasy football/pick column.

Here is my pick for the week ahead: Super Bowl LII Pick

Sunday, February, 4th

Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs New England Patriots (15-3) 5:30 p.m. on NBC

Pick: Eagles

Conference Championship Picks: 1-1

Season Picks: 175-108

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Football Picks by Scott: Playoffs: Super Bowl