The Patriots have further cemented themselves as the NFL’s super villain following their comeback AFC Championship win over the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Sunday.
While historic comebacks have become like clockwork for the Patriots, the constant “NFL’s is rigged!” comments remain the same. The Tom Brady and Bill Belichick duo will now be entering their eighth Super Bowl together. To put that into perspective, this is twice as many as any other coach-quarterback duo. And while the Patriots are the clear villains, the Eagles have emerged as “Americas team” as the vast majority of football fans wish to see the Patriots dethroned.
Their underdog status, along with New England’s continued role as the NFL’s super villain only further cements this as a classic David and Goliath matchup. On one side you have a blue -collar team that remains unscathed in the face of adversity. On the other side, you have a powerhouse organization led by arguably the greatest quarterback AND coach of all time.
The Eagles are a team that lost their beloved MVP-caliber quarterback Carson Wentz, who was sidelined in early December with a torn ACL. Immediately following the injury, sports analysts and fans alike assumed that the season was all but over. Nonetheless, the passion and grit showcased by the Eagles allowed them to continue to shell out important wins.
If you asked any football fan at the beginning of the season (including those who support the eagles) if they imagined Nick Foles leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl, you would have most likely been met with a resounding no.
While I will always be a diehard Patriots fan, I would be remiss if I did not point out my love for the city of Philadelphia. For the past two years I have lived in the city of brotherly love, and have acquainted myself with their sports fans.
It has been quite a while since Philadelphia Eagles fans have had a team that gave them something to be excited about. It was hard not to sympathize with fans as they watched their team stumble their way to mediocre performances throughout the regular season, whereas the Patriots continue to bless their fans with consistent performances year after year.
Every Sunday in Philadelphia you will be met with countless fans draped in Eagles apparel, and the subsequent lines to get into the bars as they look to self-medicate their football related woes following a loss. Finally, they are no longer drinking away their sorrows. Instead, they are celebrating a team that has finally given them a glimmer of hope.
While I still hold a love for this city and the absolutely electric (and often dangerous) passion held by their fans, my love for the Patriots with pale in comparison come Super Bowl Sunday.
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