Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

David vs. Goliath, the classic story of an unlikely underdog taking down a much bigger and stronger opponent. The rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX is finally upon us, and it’s the “underdog” Philadelphia Eagles versus arguably the most dominant sports dynasty in all of professional sports, the New England Patriots. In their last Super Bowl matchup, the Patriots defeated the Eagles for their second championship in a row and their third Super Bowl victory in four years. Fast forward 14 years, and the Patriots are again seeking their second straight championship and their third championship in four years.

The Eagles are seeking their first ever Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The Eagles had an impressive regular season behind the emergence of quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz threw for 33 touchdowns and had a completion rate of a little over 60%. He racked up 3,392 yards on the year and led the Eagles to an 11-2 record through 13 weeks, but in week 14 Wentz suffered a left knee injury against the Los Angeles Rams. He tore his LCL and his ACL and was sidelined for the season, which forced the Eagles to play Nick Foles to close out the regular season lead Philly into the playoffs. Foles struggled in the last few games of the regular season, throwing for five touchdowns and for a little over 530 yards. But Nick Foles has been an unlikely hero for the Eagles in the playoffs, winning two very tough games against the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings. During the playoffs Foles has completed over 77% of his passes and has thrown for 598 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Philly will be going up against the two-headed monster of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, along with the rest of the New England Patriots. The Patriots have been arguably the most dominant team in the league for the duration of the Belichick Brady era. Tom Brady is looking to win the sixth Super Bowl of his career, which is the most all time for quarterbacks. He has also appeared in eight Super Bowls, which is the most Super Bowl appearances of any player all time.

The Patriots are currently a six-point favorite over the Eagles, but the Eagles are quite comfortable with the “underdog” title that everybody has given them the entire postseason. Will Foles be able to take down the Belichick-Brady beast? Or will the Patriots continue their postseason dominance? Only time will tell, and the wait is nearly over.