Patriots-Eagles pregame notes

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Patriots-Eagles pregame notes

The Patriots face the Eagles tonight at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in Super Bowl 52. The game begins at 6:30 p.m.

  • Watch Patriots Pregame Live from 3-5 p.m. with Michael Felger, Charlie Weis, Bert Breer, Troy Brown, Mike Giardi, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry in Minneapolis,  and DJ Bean in Burlington.
  • From 5-6 p.m., watch 'Philly vs. Boston', produced in conjunction with our friends from NBC Sports Philadelphia, with Felger and Michael Barkann hosting and featuring Curran, Brown, Seth Joyner, Barrett Brooks and Ray Didinger.
  • At halftime, tune for in for Halftime Live with Felger, Weis, Breer and Brown.
  • When the game ends, watch Patriots Postgame Live.

Tune into NBC Sports Boston to watch, or click here for the livestream of the shows (and all NBC Sports Boston programming).

Here's what you need to know about the game . . .



GAME TIME: 6:30 p.m. 

SITE: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 15-3, Eagles 15-3


TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michelle Tafoya

ON LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots Radio Network

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli and Ed Werder


LAST MEETING: Eagles 35, Patriots 28 on Dec. 6, 2015 at Gillette Stadium



-- If the Patriots win today, they will tie the Steelers for most Super Bowl victories (six).

-- The Patriots are playing in their 10th Super Bowl, extending the record for most appearances they set last year. (Prior to Super Bowl 51, they had been tied with the Steelers with eight). They are 5-4 in Super Bowls.

-- The Eagles are playing in their third Super Bowl. They are 0-2, having lost to the Raiders in Super Bowl 15 and to the Patriots in Super Bowl 39.

-- This game is a rematch of Super Bowl 39, which was won by the Patriots, 24-21, at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville. L.J. Smith opened the scoring with a six-yard touchdown catch from Donovan McNabb in the second quarter, but New England outscored Philadelphia 24-14 in the last 16-plus minutes of the game, earning Bill Belichick his third NFL title as Patriots' head coach.


-- The Patriots have trailed by at least seven points in each of their last three postseason contests, and came back to win all three.

-- The last two teams to win the Super Bowl with a different starting QB in Week 1 than in the Super Bowl were the 2001 Patriots (Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady) and 2016 Patriots (Jimmy Garoppolo/Tom Brady). The Eagles will attempt to do the same on Sunday (Carson Wentz/Nick Foles).

-- Philadelphia has outscored its opponents 113-58 (+55) in the first quarter this year -- the best point differential in the NFL (including postseason).


-- Zach Ertz and Rob Gronkowski both led their teams in receptions and receiving yards during the 2017 regular season. This will be the first Super Bowl matchup all-time in which both clubs' leading receivers during the regular season were tight ends.

-- Nick Foles has 24 combined regular and postseason victories as an NFL starting quarterback (24-18 record). Tom Brady has an NFL-record 27 career postseason wins (27-9 record).


-- In the fourth quarter/overtime of his last two Super Bowls, Tom Brady has completed 81.0 percent of his passes for 370 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions, a 127.2 passer rating and a game-winning drive for the Patriots in each game. In each of the Patriots' five Super Bowl wins to date, Brady led the team on a drive that culminated with the decisive points being scored in the fourth quarter or OT.

-- Brady has 15 career touchdown passes in his seven previous Super Bowls, while all other active NFL quarterbacks have combined for 20 touchdown passes in the Super Bowl. 

-- At 40 years and 185 days old on Sunday, Brady will be the oldest non-kicker/punter to ever participate in the Super Bowl.








Ex-Patriot Chris Long rips NFL's new National Anthem policy

Ex-Patriot Chris Long rips NFL's new National Anthem policy

On Wednesday, the NFL announced a new policy on players protesting during the National Anthem.

The new policy permits players to stay in the locker room while the anthem plays, but requires them to stand if they come on to the field.

Former Patriots defensive end Chris Long, now with the Eagles, shared his thoughts on the controversial change via Twitter:

His teammate, Malcolm Jenkins, ripped the new policy on Twitter as well.

Devin and Jason McCourty showed their support for Long and Jenkins' statements by reposting them on their Twitter account:


Source: Tom Brady not at TB12 while teammates next door at OTAs

Source: Tom Brady not at TB12 while teammates next door at OTAs

A source confirms that Tom Brady was not working out at his TB12 sports medicine facility at Patriot Place in Foxboro while his teammates were on the field at OTAs as was previously reported by the Boston Herald.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, the other notable absence from OTAs, has been at the TB12 facility on the days his teammates were on the field practicing and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who participated in the first day of OTAs, has also been at TB12, according to the source.

The Herald's Karen Guregian reported on Tuesday that both Brady and Gronkowski were at TB12 on Monday, which is right next to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots were practicing. 

Former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak and Bertrand" show said Brady likely wasn't even in the country this week.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday that Brady and Gronk are expected to participate in the mandatory mini-camp at Gillette June 5-7.