|If the trend holds, we'll know the winner of the 2014 Super Bowl when Philadelphia's schedule is announced. (US Presswire)|
If you want to know who's going to win Super Bowl XLVIII next season, you need to do just two things: Wait for the NFL to release the 2013 schedule, then look at the team Philadelphia plays in its home-opener.
In 2009, Philadelphia opened its home slate in Week 2 with a 48-22 loss to New Orleans. Five months later, the Saints were beating the Colts to win Super Bowl XLIV.
In 2010, the Eagles opened their home schedule in Week 1 with a 27-20 loss to Green Bay. The Packers rode the momentum of that opening-week win all the way to Super Bowl XLV, where they beat the Steelers 31-25.
There's an old saying that goes, "Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend." In that case, the trend officially began in 2011, when the Eagles played the New York Giants in Week 3 to open the home portion of their schedule. The Giants beat the Eagles and made it all the way to Indianapolis, where they beat the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI.
The trend continued in 2012, when the Ravens beat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Philadelphia opened its home schedule this season with a 24-23 win over Baltimore.
After coaching the Eagles in their last four home-openers, you can bet new Chiefs coach Andy Reid would love to be team No. 5 to win the Super Bowl after opening against Philadelphia.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they can't play themselves. Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl in franchise history and is 0-2 all-time in the big game.
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