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Super Bowl LII Live: Patriots v. Eagles

Can the Eagles defy predictions and pull this one out? Or will Bill Belicheck further cement his legacy as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history with another Patriots victory?

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Everyone hates the Patriots. D@mn near everyone hates Eagles fans. Unfortunately, a meteor has thus far spared Minneapolis, so we’re going to be watching some commercials, some talking heads, some putrid halftime performance, and a wee bit of football tonight.

The night after winning the MVP Award for his work this season, Tom Brady prepares to play in his eighth Super Bowl, fully expected to win his sixth ring. Despite the abject loathing the Patriots inspire among AFC fanbases and those who don’t have a dog in the fight, you can’t deny this is a franchise that’s managed to develop a dynasty in the free agency and salary cap eras, when dynasties like the Steelers of the 70s, 49ers of the 80s, and Cowboys of the early 90s were supposed to be things of the past. For that reason, I can’t imagine picking against them.

On the other side, you have the Philadelphia Eagles, who were supposed to die a quick death when their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, tore knee ligaments. Instead, Nick Foles has sought to show that his wunderkind season a few years ago wasn’t a fluke, and that he is the real deal. The Eagles have a huge hurdle to overcome tonight, but if they can, all the grease in the world won’t be enough to protect public infrastructure in Philly (either way, a citywide curfew wouldn’t surprise me).

This is your Super Bowl open thread, where you can discuss the game at will. Usual BRB game day open thread rules remain in place, and please make sure the tenor of your posts remains at a level of civility.