Super Bowl 2018: Kickoff time for Eagles-Patriots game; NFL playoffs TV schedule
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Super Bowl LII on Sunday features a 2005 rematch of the title game between the Patriots and Eagles. For New England, they have the same quarterback and coach. For Philadelphia, the uniforms will be similar.
Other than that, the Eagles aren't much like the team from 13 years ago that lost to the Patriots who, just like now, were led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
But Sunday's Super Bowl LII rematch almost didn't happen. And the fact the Patriots are in the game can be largely attributed to a professional quarterback and probable sorcerer: Brady.
All Brady did in the AFC Championship was lead the Patriots back from a 20-10 deficit in the fourth quarter, even while the odds seemed to be stacked against him. Brady threw two touchdown passes over the game's final nine minutes. And he did it with 12 stitches in his right hand. In addition, Brady was going up against the NFL's best pass rush, and didn't have Rob Gronkowski on the field.
The victory over Jacksonville means the Patriots are now headed to the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time.
The Eagles advanced to Super Bowl LII by destroying the Vikings 38-7 in a game that was never close. With the Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the Vikings had a chance to become the first team ever to play the game in their home stadium, but the Eagles crushed those dreams in their dominating win.
The game between the Eagles and Patriots is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, a game that the Patriots won 24-21. Oddsmakers aren't expecting this year's Super Bowl to be as close as that one as the Patriots opened as a 5.5-point favorite. But by Tuesday, Jan. 30, that line had shrunk to 4 points in some places.
For the Eagles, this is their third trip to the Super Bowl, and they're still looking for their first win. Besides their loss to the Patriots, the Eagles also lost to the Raiders 27-10 in Super Bowl XV.
So which side of the Super Bowl line do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Patriots-Eagles you need to jump on, plus what X-factor determines the outcome, all from a Vegas legend who's 9-3 on Eagles' games.
Here's a look at the Super Bowl schedule, along with a quick look back at the earlier rounds of the playoffs.
Super Bowl LII (Minneapolis)
Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium, 6:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
AFC Championship Game
(1) New England 24-20 over (3) Jacksonville: At 40 years old, Tom Brady worked his playoff magic once again. The Patriots quarterback threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help New England claw back from 20-10 deficit with just nine minutes left. The win means that the Patriots are now headed to the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time.
NFC Championship Game
(1) Philadelphia 38-7 over (1) Minnesota: The Vikings defense has been able to stop nearly everyone they've faced this season, but they had no answer for Nick Foles, who shredded them for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Foles, who finished 26 of 33, made multiple clutch throws in the win and also threw two touchdown passes that went for more than 40 yards. The quarterback's 53-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery in the second quarter was the longest scoring play the Vikings defense gave up all season.
Saturday, Jan. 13
NFC: (1) Philadelphia 15-10 over (6) Atlanta: After a sluggish start, backup Eagles quarterback Nick Foles settled down, the defense stiffened, and the Falcons couldn't convert on a critical fourth down with less than a minute to go that cemented the 15-10 victory and put Philadelphia in the NFC Conference Championship game for the first time since the 2008 season.
AFC: (1) New England 35-14 over (5) Tennessee: The Titans jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but it was short-lived. The Patriots scored 35 unanswered points, covered the 13.5-point spread by halftime, and advanced to the AFC Championship Game for the seventh straight year.
Sunday, Jan. 14
AFC: (3) Jacksonville 45-42 over (2) Pittsburgh: The Jaguars jumped out to a 21-0 lead and then had to hold off the host Steelers in a back-and-forth second half to advance to the AFC Championship Game. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 469 yards and five touchdowns, but that wasn't enough to beat a Jaguars team that will now be in the AFC title game for the first time since the 1999 season.
NFC: (2) Minnesota 29-24 over (4) New Orleans: The Vikings shocked the Saints with an improbable win that came courtesy of Case Keenum, who threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the final play of the game.
Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, Jan. 6
AFC: (5) Tennessee 22-21 over (4) Kansas City: The Titans pulled off a shocker to kick off the playoffs with an 18-point second-half comeback. Tennessee was led by Marcus Mariota, who basically willed his team to a win with two touchdown passes, including one to himself. The Titans quarterback threw for 205 yards and rushed for another 46 in the win.
NFC: (6) Atlanta 26-13 over (3) Los Angeles Rams: The Falcons capped off a wild first day of the postseason with Saturday's second upset. Thanks to an efficient performance from Matt Ryan (21 of 30) and a defense that was able to shut down the Rams' high-powered offense, the Falcons escaped from L.A. and will now travel to Philadelphia for a showdown with an Eagles team that won't have Carson Wentz.
Sunday, Jan. 7
AFC: (3) Jacksonville 10-3 over (6) Buffalo: The Jaguars rode their defense to multiple wins during the regular season, and that's exactly what they did in their wild-card win over the Bills. The Jaguars defense forced two turnovers and kept the Bills out of the end zone as Jacksonville picked up its first home playoff win since January 2000. The win over Buffalo sets up a rematch with a Steelers team that the Jags beat 30-9 in Week 5 in a game where Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions.
NFC: (4) New Orleans 31-26 over (5) Carolina: With Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in the backfield, Drew Brees didn't have to carry the Saints offense often in 2017, but he's definitely still capable of doing that, and we found that out in Sunday's wild-card game. Brees threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns to help the Saints advance to the divisional round for the third time in seven years.
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