Patriots look to repeat
The New England Patriots go in search of a third Super Bowl victory in the past four years when they play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
Improbable winners over the Atlanta Falcons last season when the Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to prevail 34-28 in overtime, New England is also the last team to repeat as Super Bowl winners having defeated the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX after getting the better of the Carolina Panthers the year before.
With a win at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis the Patriots would also join the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only franchise to have won consecutive Super Bowls twice in their history.
New England and Pittsburgh are two of just seven teams to have won back-to-back titles joined by the Green Bay Packers, the Miami Dolphins, the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos.
When the Patriots take the field on Sunday afternoon they also will become the first franchise to appear in 10 Super Bowls, two ahead of the Steelers, Cowboys and Broncos.
Curiously, despite the current run of success, New England is only 5-4 in their nine previous appearances having lost to the Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers and twice to the New York Giants while getting the better of the then St. Louis Rams, Panthers, Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and the Falcons.
Of further note is that the combined winning margin in those five Super Bowl victories has been 19 points, with last year's triumph over Atlanta the biggest margin of victory.
The Patriots are 1.44 to win the Super Bowl, with the Eagles 2.87. New England are 1.90 conceding a 4.5-point spread.
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