Eagles aim for first Super Bowl title

04 February 2018 20:52:59 GMTPlus11

The Philadelphia Eagles enter Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots on Sunday still looking for their first championship after falling short in two previous attempts.

First championship in the Super Bowl era of course with the Eagles having won the NFL title previously in 1948, 1949 and 1960 against then Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams and the Green Bay Packers.

However since the merger of the AFL and the NFL it has been more futility and hope for Philadelphia than any lasting success.

The Eagles first made the Super Bowl in the 1980 season falling to the Oakland Raiders 27-10 at the SuperDome in New Orleans in a game most remembered for Rod Martin picking off Philadelphia's Ron Jaworski three times.

Their second and most recent visit to the Super Bowl ended in a 24-21 defeat to Sunday's opponent in February of 2005.

Donovan McNabb was also picked off three times in that game and that's a legacy that current Philadelphia signal caller Nick Foles will like to avoid.

Tom Brady connected on 22-of-33 for 236 yards and a couple of scores as the Patriots picked up their second Super Bowl win in a row and third in four seasons.

Sunday it should be noted New England is also going for their second straight and third in the last four.

The Eagles will take heart that in the Super Bowl era no quarterback has led the league in passing, as Brady did this season, and also won the title.

The Patriots are 1.44 to win the Super Bowl, with the Eagles 2.87. Philadelphia are 1.90 with a 4.5-point spread in their favour.

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