Here’s a quick look at five big storylines we’ll be tracking as we count down the days to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis’ US Bank Stadium on Feb. 4 between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles.
History vs. Legacy
The Patriots are going for their sixth Super Bowl victory, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history. Tom Brady will now play in his eighth Super Bowl; no other player has played in more than six. In fact, Brady’s eight Super Bowl appearances are as many as any other team — excluding the Patriots, who will be in their ninth Super Bowl all time.
The Eagles are chasing their first Super Bowl victory — one of 13 NFL franchises that have not won one over the past 52 years. They’ve lost both of their prior appearances, the first one coming in Super Bowl XV following the 1980 season and the most recent in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 against … the Patriots.
New England won, 24-21, as Brady outplayed Donovan McNabb.
Bill Belichick passed Chuck Noll for the most Super Bowl victories by a coach last year with his fifth and has a chance to add to that record, also winning two as an assistant coach. That gave him seven, which ties former scout Neal Dahlen for the most ever by one man. Belichick would take the lead with No. 8.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson will be coaching in his first Super Bowl, but he won a title as the backup QB to Brett Favre on the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI team — the one that beat the Patriots and Belichick, who was that team’s defensive coordinator.