While the New England Patriots are now viewed as arguably the greatest dynasty in NFL history, if history is right, Super Bowl 52 will be a thriller that turns out to be a fight to the finish.
While Tom Brady and the Patriots have won five Super Bowls since he and head coach Bill Belichick became joined at the hip in 2001, none of New England’s title game victories have been what anyone could classify as ‘cakewalk’ wins.
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Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. New England Patriots (15-3)
When: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 6:30 PM ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Spread: New England -4.5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Let’s go back in time.
Back in 2002, when they took the field for Super Bowl 36, New England was a two-touchdown underdog against Kurt Warner the mighty St. Louis Rams. While Brady and the Pats pulled off the huge upset, their win came by three points n a game-winning field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired. New England had to fight off a furious fourth-quarter comeback that saw St. Louis score 14 unanswered points before Vinatieri connected on his now, famous game-winner.
Two years later, when the Patriots took on the Carolina Panthers, Brady and company managed to beat the Panthers on another game-winner from Vinatieri that came with just four seconds remaining in regulation. Their win that day came after Carolina scored a touchdown with on a 12-yard TD pass from Jake Delhomme to Ricky Proehl with just 1:08 remaining.
Okay, a year later, the Pats subdued Philadelphia and the upchucking Donovan McNabb fairly easily as they led 24-14 after Vinatieri connected on a 22-yard field goal with 8:40 remaining, but the outcome wasn’t really complete until they killed the clock after Philly scored a touchdowns to narrow the lead to 24-21 with 1:48 remaining.
Three years later, Brady and company got upset by Eli Manning and the New York Giants 17-14 in Super Bowl 42 despite being 12.5-point favorites. New England got upset by New York again 21-17 four years later in Super Bowl 46 despite being a 3-point favorite.
Three years later, in 2015, New England recorded a 28-24 win over Seattle that came on the game’s final play when Seattle foolishly decided to pass the ball on the 1-yard line instead of rushing the ball with Marshawn Lynch.
Just last year, the Patriots needed a historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons after falling into a 28-3 hole. The Pats scored 25 unanswered points including a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining to force overtime. After the start of the extra frame, New England won it on James White’s 2-yard touchdown run with 11:02 remaining in OT.
So, in essence, every single Super Bowl, except their 2005 win over the Eagles (sort of) that Tom Brady has appeared in has been a knock-down-drag-out thriller. If form holds true, then you should expect another in Super Bowl 52.
Here is a look at each of New England’s seven Super Bowl appearances in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era!
- Super Bowl XXXVI (Feb. 2002)
St. Louis Rams
20-17 Patriots win
- Super Bowl XXXVIII (Feb. 2004)
32-29 Patriots win
- Super Bowl XXXIX (Feb. 2005)
24-21 Patriots win
- Super Bowl XLII (Feb. 2008)
New York Giants
17-14 Patriots loss
- Super Bowl XLVI (Feb. 2012)
New York Giants
21-17 Patriots loss
- Super Bowl XLIX (Feb. 2015)
28-24 Patriots win
- Super Bowl LI (Feb. 2017)
34-28 Patriots win