By Harvey Hoffman
It’s been more than 21 months since the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52.
And the snowflake posing as Pats QB Tom Brady is still not over it!
It was February 4, 2018, in Super Bowl LII, when the Eagles outlasted the Patriots in Minneapolis.
“You assume I’m over it?” Brady said yesterday during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI in Boston when asked about the game.
“Come on now. That’s a lot of mental scar tissue from that year. That was a tough game. In a lot of ways, we learned from that year and we came back stronger the next year. And we won the Super Bowl in ’18. I think everything is a matter of perspective and I think when you play in that game and you play great teams, you’re not going to win them all.
“This is not the Harlem Globetrotters versus the Washington Generals. This is all about tough competition against the best teams. They deserved it that year, and now a couple years later we get a chance to play the organization again. We’ve had a lot changes. They’ve had a lot of changes. It’s totally different circumstances. Huge game for us. Big game for them. And the best team is going to win.”
The Patriots are 8-1 as they return from their bye week and their first loss of the season to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Eagles are also coming off of its bye week. But while New England has a comfortable lead in its division, the Eagles are tied with the Cowboys at 5-4 in the NFC East, and Dallas holds a tiebreaker over Philadelphia.
The Patriots, though, have just a one-game hold on the No. 1 seed in the AFC ahead of Baltimore.
“Hopefully everyone got a chance to decompress a little bit mentally (after the bye), physically, and now we’ve got to get ready for a great week of preparation and then get ready to go in there and play our best game of the season on the road, in a really tough environment,” Brady continued. “It should be a great Sunday afternoon for football.”
In the previous loss to the Eagles, Brady set a record for most passing yards in Super Bowl history with 505. Both teams combined for the most offensive yardage in Super Bowl history with 1,151. Former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles – now with the Jacksonville Jaguars – won the game’s Most Valuable Player award after he threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and also caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on a trick play that became known as the “Philly Special.”