The Conference Championship games have been played and the Super Bowl has been set. The New England Patriots will play against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4 in Super Bowl LII.
This game will be a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX of the 2004 season, which was won by the Patriots 24-21. Super Bowl LII will be the Eagles' first Super Bowl appearance since that game as well, whereas New England will be seeking to become the first team to repeat Super Bowl victories since they did it themselves at Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX.
Tom Brady battled through a hand injury and helped New England earned their spot in the Super Bowl for the eighth time with him as their quarterback when they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.
Nick Foles, on the other hand, had a career-game which helped propel Philadelphia to their third Super Bowl in franchise history with a dominating 38-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings despite being classed by many as the underdogs in that game.
Just like they did back in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Eagles will wear their green home jerseys in the Super Bowl in just under two weeks time, while the Patriots will wear their road white jerseys. There is a staggering reason as well as to why this is so significant in the Super Bowl, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Since the Patriots are the home team in the Super Bowl, they have the choice to decide what colour jersey they would like to wear, and perhaps they had their Super Bowl history in mind when deciding on white.
When they have worn blue, the Patriots have a Super Bowl record of 2-2 (XXXVI - a 20-17 win over Rams, XXXVIII - a 32-39 win over Panthers, XLII - 17-14 loss to Giants, XLVI - a 21-17 loss to Giants). When they have worn red, their Super Bowl record is 0-1 (XX - a 46-10 loss to Bears).
However, when they have worn white, New England has a Super Bowl record of 3-1 (XXXI - a 35-21 loss to Packers, XXXIX - a 24-21 win over Eagles, XLIX - a 28-24 win over Seahawks, LI - a 34-28 win over the Falcons), so it's no wonder they have opted for the white jersey this year too.
According to Evan Kaplan of ESPN's Stats & Information, teams that have worn white have won 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls. The only team to have bucked that trend in that period was the Green Bay Packers when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.
This is not to say that the Patriots are superstitious, but this is the only logical reason as to why they would want to wear white once more in the Super Bowl.
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