With Super Bowl LII kicking off at 6:30 on Sunday, the best from the AFC will go to war with the best from the NFC to crown the champion of the football world. The Philadelphia Eagles do battle with the New England Patriots, in what will be a battle to the final whistle. Both teams have key players who will be vital to their success.
Both teams have numerous key players that will need to step their game up to give their respective team a chance at a Super Bowl championship. So many players are deserving of being named a player to watch but these three are key for their team.
Quarterback Nick Foles is the biggest key player for the Philadelphia Eagles. Since reclaiming the the starting job, Foles has led his team to a 2-1 finish to the regular season and 2-0 record in the postseason this year. Though Foles has been in the NFL since 2012, he has very limited postseason experience; only three career starts, two of which have been this season. With the biggest game of his career Sunday, for football’s biggest prize, he’ll need to be perfect to lead his team to victory. Foles has been extremely good this postseason, compiling 49 completions in 63 attempts, 598 yards passing and three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is another key player to watch this Super Bowl. Amendola has stepped up huge for the Patriots offense this season, especially with a season-ending injury to fellow star recover, Julian Edelman. One of Tom Brady’s favorite and most reliable targets seems to always come up with a clutch play when the team needs him to. Amendola will absolutely have to come up with multiple big plays if the Patriots plan on repeating as Super Bowl champions. In this playoff run, Amendola has racked up 18 receptions, 196 yards recieving with two touchdowns.
Finally the last key player to watch is an obvious one; Tom Brady, who is arguably the greatest quarterback to ever step foot on an NFL field, will be called on to do what he has done countless number of times before. This postseason Brady has 61 completions in 91 attempts, throwing for 627 yards and five touchdowns. The”GOAT” or Greatest of All Time, as he’s referred to, will be making his eighth career Super Bowl appearance, five Super Bowl titles and four Super Bowl MVP awards. In his seven previous Super Bowl games, Brady has 207 completions in 309 attempts, with 2,071 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions.
With his legacy already cemented and a definite future call to the Hall of Fame, Brady will look to add his sixth Super Bowl ring to his collection, to go along with his numerous NFL records. Though it will not be easy against a viscous and stacked Eagles defense, Brady will no doubt have to work his magic to lead his team to victory.
With the biggest game of the year Sunday and all eyes watching, the Eagles and Patriots go to war one more time, with everything on the line. All three players mentioned will be key to their teams success and the game could come down to one or two plays. One play can swing the moment for a team and with the world watching and the pressure mounting, every player on the field will be bringing their “A” game.
My prediction for this game: The Eagles will come out ready to play, and I believe that it will be a close game. Each team fighting for every inch, every yard and every point. Unfortunately for the Eagle’s, the Patriots have been in that position many more times and will know exactly what to do at every moment. Brady will do what he does best and lead his team to a close, hard fought victory and pick up his 6th Super Bowl ring.