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NBC Sports Presser Takeaways: Everyone Wants A Good Super Bowl

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NBC Sports Presser Takeaways: Everyone Wants A Good Super Bowl

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend the NBC Sports presser on behalf of TSJ Sports. Media personalities Dan Patrick, Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Al Michaels, Michele Tafoya, and the rest of the NBC Sports Group got together to speak to the media about Super Bowl LII. After listening to all of the comments, it is clear that everyone at NBC just wants a good Super Bowl game, and it is setting up to be that way.

New England has yet to play in a Super Bowl game that was not good. They have won every Super Bowl they have appeared in by a combined total of 19 points. That stat shows that they have played in some of the best Super Bowls in recent history.

Cris Collinsworth said it best when asked about what the Patriots will do in this Super Bowl.

“They’ll keep the game under control, and then about the time you start taking a few chances, he’s (Bill Belichick) going to try to make you pay for those chances. It is the philosophy the Patriots have followed in all their Super Bowls.”

This philosophy has been the backbone of New England’s success. It’s the main reason they have been this good for this long, but it is bound to end soon. At 40-years-old, Brady is still going strong. However, he can’t do it forever. The Patriots dynasty is one that is hated. As Al Michaels says, “Success breeds jealousy.” Eventually, NFL fans will look back on this amazing run and appreciate what we were able to witness in New England.

Past Years

The combination of Belichick’s leadership and the team’s experience have proven to be deadly in Super Bowls. In 2005, Rodney Harrison was the starting safety for a Patriots team that beat the Eagles 24-21 in the Super Bowl.

In the NBC Sports presser, Harrison recalled the 2005 Super Bowl that he played in against Philadelphia.

“I remember the Eagles coming out in pregame warmups and just going crazy, just all this energy, and we were looking back at them like ‘they’re going to be tired in the fourth quarter.’ and that’s exactly what happened.”

Looking at the boxscore, as Harrison said, that is exactly what happened. The Patriots scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and took a 24-14 lead that became too much for the Eagles to overcome. New England used their experience to understand that it is not how you start, but how you finish.

Super Bowl LI is a great example as well. The Falcons jumped out to a 28-3 lead, but the Patriots did not back down. New England rallied in the second half and ended up beating Atlanta 34-28. The Patriots took advantage of a Falcons team that played conservative and tired.

Super Bowl LII

Philadelphia is just like some of the teams the Patriots have beaten in years past. Philly is inexperienced, but that is not stopping Al Michaels from thinking the Eagles have a chance to win. Here’s what Michaels had to say when asked about the matchup.

“If Foles plays the way he did against Minnesota two weeks ago, they got a heck of a chance, and on the other side of the ball they are really good, they got a great defense.”

Collinsworth added to this later.

“Everyone always talks about how the Patriots take away your best players on offense. But who says the Eagles can’t do that to New England? All it takes in the Super Bowl is a good game plan and the right mindset going in.”

This is an inexperienced team in Philadelphia. The Patriots have the advantage there, but the Eagles can learn from teams in the past. You want to play hard early, but not so hard that you have nothing left in the fourth. Doug Pederson will have to make sure his team is ready. If he can get them to treat it just like any other game, the Eagles can give themselves a good shot. All it takes now is four quarters of sound football.

The consensus among the NBC Sports presser crew is that this game will be close, but the deciding factor is who will be stronger in the end. The battered Eagles will have to play a full four quarters to beat the dynasty that is the Patriots. A majority of the people at home just want to see another good Super Bowl game. This game has all the tools to be yet another exciting Super Bowl. There is a great story on both sides. Will the dynasty in New England continue their legendary run? Or will backup quarterback Nick Foles finish the season as a legend in Philadelphia?