Tom Brady aims for a sixth Super Bowl ring, while Philadelphia hopes to win the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy
Sunday's Super Bowl LII brings Philadelphia and New England to frigid Minneapolis, where both teams will meet in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. The Patriots won that game 13 years, beating the Eagles 24-21 to give them back-to-back Super Bowl victories.
New England will be looking to win a third Lombardi Trophy in a four-year span (2002-05), while Philadelphia is returning to the big game for the first time since that 2005 loss to the Patriots..
Here are 10 stats to help you get ready for Super Bowl LII.
6: Expected temperature for Minneapolis onSunday
In 2016, the NFL announced that Houston, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Miami Gardens, and Inglewood, California, would host the next five Super Bowls. One of these things is not the same. The expected outside temperature for Super Bowl LII on Sunday is a balmy 6 degrees Fahrenheit. Thankfully, the Eagles and Patriots are playing inside in the warm confines of U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016.
7: Number of Super Bowl rematches
Super Bowl LII represents the seventh time teams have engaged in a championship rematch. Philadelphia and New England also met back on Feb. 6, 2005 in Alltel Stadium (now EverBank Field) in Jacksonville, Florida, in Super Bowl XXXIX. This also is the second Super Bowl redo involving the Patriots. New England first lost to the New York Giants in Super XLII and then fell again to them four years later in Super Bowl XLVI.
10: Number of Super Bowl appearances by New England
The Patriots made their first Super Bowl appearance on Jan. 12, 1986 in Super Bowl XX and are 5-4 in franchise history in the big game, pending Sunday’s outcome. Since head coach Bill Belichick took over in 2000, New England has been the class of the NFL, making it to eight Super Bowls in his 18 years. Belichick has led his teams to five victories on Super Sunday already and is largely responsible for the Patriots’ championship pedigree. New England’s 10 Super Bowl appearances are the most of any team in NFL history and win on Sunday would tie Pittsburgh for the most victories. The flip side is that a loss to Philadelphia would tie the Patriots with the Broncos for the most in that category.
77.8: Nick Foles’ completion percentage this postseason
Foles (right) made his first start in relief of an injured Carson Wentz in Week 15 on Dec. 17 against the New York Giants, thus setting his fairy tale-like end-of-the-season story in motion. After experiencing some ups and downs over the last three games of the regular season, Foles has been a different kind of quarterback in the playoffs. In wins against Atlanta and Minnesota, he has completed an astounding 49 of 63 pass attempts for 598 yards and three touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception and enters Super Bowl LII with an impressive 122.1 passer rating.
8: Number of backup QBs who have led their team to a Super Bowl win
Nick Foles can become the eighth backup quarterback to lead their team to a Super Bowl victory. He needs to look no further than across the field Sunday to see another quarterback who can boast that feat. Tom Brady helped carry the Patriots to a win over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI as he became the starter when Drew Bledsoe went down with a season-ending injury in Week 2 that season.
4,577: Tom Brady’s passing yards during regular season
Brady led the NFL with 4,577 yards through the air during the regular season, the eighth time in his career that he eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark. If the Patriots win on Sunday, Brady will become the first player in NFL history to lead the NFL in passing yards and win the Super Bowl in the same season.
0-2: Philadelphia’s record in the Super Bowl
Philadelphia is seeking its first Lombardi Trophy in its 85 years of existence. The Eagles lost Super Bowl XV to the Oakland Raiders, 27-10, and were defeated by the Patriots 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX.
3-0: New England’s Super Bowl record when wearing white jerseys
Under Bill Belichick, New England is 3-0 on Super Sunday when playing in white jerseys, which they will be wearing once again against the Eagles.
13: Minutes Justin Timberlake will have to perform during the Super Bowl LII Pepsi Halftime Show
Everyone remembers the infamous Timberlake-Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction in 2004. Apparently, enough time has passed, as Timberlake will return as the headliner of the Super Bowl LII Pepsi Halftime Show. It’s a pretty safe bet that Jackson will not accompany him this time.
2: Number of Super Bowls hosted in Minnesota
The Super Bowl is returning to Minnesota after a 26-year absence. Minneapolis first hosted the big game in 1992 in the Metrodome, which was demolished to allow construction of U.S. Bank Stadium. Super Bowl XXVI saw the Washington Redskins beat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in front of a crowd of 63,130. An estimated 73,000 are expected to be in attendance on Sunday.
— Written by Elton Hayes, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. A sports reporter for The Meridian Star, Hayes also has been an invited guest on “The Paul Finebaum Show.” Follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.