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They were this close to being 7-0. 35 players on the 53-man active roster have played in at least one prior Super Bowl, and Tom Brady has played in as many of these deciders as the entire Eagles roster combined.
"I'm hyped for the Super Bowl, considering I've been waiting for 14 years, and I bought my tickets earlier this week", he said.
Many sports figures are superstitious, and maybe the Patriots are as well.
Singer could not express how much a Super Bowl win would mean - not only to him, but to Eagles fans everywhere. "We traded notes on L.A. and Philly". You have to block them on every play.
So how does a team like the Eagles, a franchise that never has won a Lombardi Trophy and has minimal experience in these situations, handle this intrusion on New England's turf? Consider that the Patriots have not scored a point in the opening quarter of any of those seven games. Zip. Brady threw two interceptions in that game, including one that Malcolm Jenkins returned 99 yards for a touchdown. Throughout his tenure with New England, Amendola has been a solid receiver but has put up pedestrian numbers at best. The Falcons flew out to a 28-3 lead, and it appeared the Patriots had but a wing and a prayer of bouncing back from it.
That's when Brady first showed he was, well, Brady. He received the stitches before the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But, listen, I trust my leaders of the team. The quarterback missed parts of practices leading to the AFC title game but was able to play. From their 40, the Patriots easily moved in position for another winning field goal by Vinatieri. New England beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 behind the leadership of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and will look to do so again this time around. Yet Tom Coughlin and his staff outcoached Bill Belichick and his assistants, and a New England squad that averaged almost 37 points was befuddled by New York's pressure D.
Get to the quarterback, play after play.
The Patriots were within a few feet and a few ticks of the clock of losing a third straight Super Bowl appearance.
Nonetheless, his presence brought a spark to the team. Foles, the most important Eagle next week, will be playing on the biggest stage in football.
"'You know, we're the [expletive] Patriots, let's just roll our helmets out there and we're gonna win", said Brady, mocking his team for apparently overlooking the Panthers.