New England Patriots (16-2) face the Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) in Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Philadelphia Eagles: Who are they?
Coach: Andy Reid – sixth season with the Eagles.
Strong points: Donovan McNabb helped the team roll through the playoffs despite the loss of Terrell Owens to an injury. McNabb went 38-for-59 for 466 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the postseason. He also had 31 touchdown passes with just eight interceptions while passing for 3,875 yards in the regular season.
Rumor has it T.O. will play Sunday, he has been spotted on the practice field. The receiver set the franchise record with 14 touchdown catches. He severely sprained his ankle and fractured his right fibula Dec. 19.
Last time Eagles won a Super Bowl: Never. The team won the NFL Championship in 1960.
New England Patriots: Who are they?
Coach: Bill Belichick – wants to win third Super Bowl in four years.
Strong points: While QB Tom Brady didn’t rack up the stats on paper this season, this would be his third Super Bowl victory and game MVP title in four years should the Pats take it. He works wonders to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri, who’s known for getting the kicks in under stressful conditions.
Last time Pats won a Super Bowl: 2004
Some say the Eagles can pull off an upset victory over the Pats to prevent them earning “dynasty status.”
How they got here:
The Patriots were the AFC East champions. They had a first-round bye and beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-3 in the divisional round. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27 for the AFC Championship title.
The Eagles were the NFC East champions. They had a first-round bye and beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-14 in the divisional round. They beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 for the NFC championship title.
McNabb: 3,875 passing yards and 31 passing TDs;
Westbrook: 812 rushing yards;
Dorsey Levens: 4 rushing TDs;
Owens: 77 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards and 14 receiving TDs.
Kearse: 7 1/2 sacks;
Lito Sheppard: 5 INTs.
Brady: 3,692 yards and 28 passing TDs;
Dillon: 1,635 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs;
David Givens: 56 receptions and 874 receiving yards;
David Patten: 7 receiving TDs.
McGinest, 9 1/2 sacks;
Eugene Wilson, 4 INTs.
The last time the teams faced off was Sept. 14, 2003 when the Patriots stomped the Eagles 31-0. At Philadelphia, Brady passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns and the Patriots' defense forced six turnovers and had seven sacks.
Sunday’s game will be the first time the two cities have met in a national championship since 1974, when the NHL Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 4 to 2 for the Stanley Cup victory.
If they win, New England will be the first to win three Super Bowls in four years since Dallas (1992-1995).
The Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is 9-1 in the postseason, tied with Vince Lombardi for the best postseason winning percentage in NFL history (.900)
Pats QB Brady's two Super Bowl MVPs tie him with Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw and Green Bay's Bart Starr.
This is likely the final game for Belichick's offensive and defensive coordinators. Charlie Weis will take over his new duties as Notre Dame head coach on a full-time basis, while defensive guru Romeo Crennel is expected to become the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles haven't won an NFL title since 1960. The Eagles also made three straight championship game appearances from 1947-49, winning the last two years
Coach Andy Reid already owns a Super Bowl ring from a victory over New England. He was on Mike Holmgren's staff when the Packers beat the Patriots in 1997. Belichick was New England's assistant head coach
The Super Bowl will mark the debut of TE Jeff Thomason, who was out of the NFL the last two seasons before the Eagles signed him to replace the injured Chad Lewis.
Foxsports.com contributed to this report.