Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl LII

The matchup for Super Bowl LIV in Miami is officially set! As the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers prepare for their 2020 matchup at Hard Rock Stadium in Super Bowl 54, we’re looking back at a classic — Super Bowl LII.

Philly Special

Played once again in a cold-weather city, the first Super Bowl in the brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, would feature the New England Patriots taking on the NFC-champion Philadelphia Eagles. A back-and-forth offensive battle, the Eagles would put together one of the more spectacular Super Bowl performances, shutting down Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the waning minutes of the game to walk away as Super Bowl LII champions, 41-33.

Super Bowl LII was a record-breaking Super Bowl in many varieties, including most years gained by both teams in one game (1,151), fewest combined punts (one), and most points scored by a losing team in the Super Bowl (33). Eagles quarterback Nick Foles would complete his improbable Super Bowl run with MVP honors in Super Bowl LII, finishing the game 28-of-43 for 373, three touchdowns and one interception, as well as a one-yard touchdown reception on the play dubbed the “Philly Special.”

The broadcast of the game on NBC had the smallest Super Bowl audience in nine years, with an average of 103.4 million viewers. Average TV viewership for the halftime show, headlined by Justin Timberlake, was 106.6 million American television viewers, 9 percent less than the previous year.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XXXIX

Making their third Super Bowl appearance in four years, the (both then and now) defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were establishing themselves as the early-2000s dynasty in the NFL. The Road to Super Bowl 54 runs through Jacksonville, Florida for Super Bowl XXXIX.

The Beginning of a Championship Dynasty

Yet another exciting, close Super Bowl matchup, the dynamic Brady-Belichick duo of the New England Patriots would go on to win their third Super Bowl in four years, a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Super Bowl XXXIX was played at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, in front of over 78,000 fans.

Patriots wide receive Deion Branch would go on to win Super Bowl MVP honors, recording a total of 133 receiving yards on 11 catches, including a crucial catch to set up kicker Adam Vinatieri for a 22-yard field goal that would put the Patriots ahead 24-14 late in the fourth quarter. Branch’s 11 catches in Super Bowl XXXIX would give the receiver the record for most combined receptions in two Super Bowls.

Playing it safe after the previous year’s halftime wardrobe malfunction, the legend Paul McCartney was brought in to perform Super Bowl XXXIX halftime, with the pre-game National Anthem being performed by a mixture of choirs from the armed forces. Over 86 million viewers tuned in to catch the Super Bowl on FOX, and the cost of a 30-second commercial was up to $2.4 million total.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XV

Once again traveling through the state of Louisiana, the Road to Super Bowl 54 in Miami runs through Super Bowl XV between the current defending-champion Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

Plunkett’s Perfect Performance

Despite the best efforts of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team wasn’t as lucky in 1981 as they were in the 2017 NFL season, eventually falling to the Oakland Raiders 27-10. Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, who executed a nearly flawless performance in Super Bowl XV, would lead the Raiders to their Super Bowl victory, as the first “Wild Card” Super Bowl champion.

This was, in fact, Oakland’s third overall Super Bowl appearance in 15 years, and Super Bowl XV was played in front of over 76,000 fans at the Louisiana Superdome, which at this point (and still to this day) is a Super Bowl hosting favorite.

Plunkett’s nearly perfect performance in Super Bowl XV, completing 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 261 yards and three touchdowns, would make him the second NCAA Heisman Trophy winner to capture a Super Bowl MVP title.

The halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XV was none other than Jim Skinner Productions, providing a “Mardi Gras Festival” theme for the halftime show. Over 68.2 million viewers tuned into NBC to catch Super Bowl XV in 1981, and the cost a 30-second commercial continued to rise, checking in at $324,000.

 


 

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Countdown to Super Bowl 2019 Atlanta: Super Bowl LII

Ahead of making their fourth appearance in five years in Super Bowl 53, the New England Patriots are featured in their second-straight ‘Countdown to the Super Bowl’ series, a Super Bowl LII matchup with Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philly Special

Played once again in a cold-weather city, the first Super Bowl in the brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, would feature the New England Patriots taking on the NFC-champion Philadelphia Eagles. A back-and-forth offensive battle, the Eagles would put together one of the more spectacular Super Bowl performances, shutting down Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the waning minutes of the game to walk away as Super Bowl LII champions, 41-33.

Super Bowl LII was a record-breaking Super Bowl in many varieties, including most years gained by both teams in one game (1,151), fewest combined punts (one), and most points scored by a losing team in the Super Bowl (33). Eagles quarterback Nick Foles would complete his improbable Super Bowl run with MVP honors in Super Bowl LII, finishing the game 28-of-43 for 373, three touchdowns and one interception, as well as a one-yard touchdown reception on the play dubbed the “Philly Special.”

The broadcast of the game on NBC had the smallest Super Bowl audience in nine years, with an average of 103.4 million viewers. Average TV viewership for the halftime show, headlined by Justin Timberlake, was 106.6 million American television viewers, 9 percent less than the previous year.

 


 

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Road to Super Bowl 53: Divisional Weekend

After Wild Card weekend, we officially have the NFL’s version of the “Elite Eight,” as we approach Divisional Weekend on the Road to Super Bowl 53. So who’s got the best chance to head to Atlanta next month for the big game?

 

A heartbreaker in Chicago after a missed game-winning field goal in the waning seconds has the defending Super Bowl champions breathing new life, as they’ll head to New Orleans to face the #1 seed Saints in the divisional round.

The Saints boasted the best record in the NFL in the 2018 season, and with their league-leading defense, will be the toughest test of the Eagles’ postseason run. The two teams faced each other in November, with the Saints beating the Eagles by a final score of 48-7.

After defending their home turf in the Wild Card round, the Dallas Cowboys will hit the road to face the #2 seed Los Angeles Rams and their potent offensive attack in the divisional round. Despite neither team meeting in the 2018 regular season, these two teams are quite familiar with one another, which will prove to be an intriguing matchup with Rams running back Todd Gurley looking to take on Dallas’ surprisingly staunch defense.

 

Saturday: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX) | Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)

 


Not something many predicted just a few short weeks back — but one could argue the two hottest teams in the AFC (and really, the entire NFL) right now are the Wild Card teams in the AFC in the 5-seed Los Angeles Chargers and the 6-seed Indianapolis Colts.

Winners of 10 of their last 11 games, the Indianapolis Colts are considered by many to be the hottest team in football, defeating the Houston Texans 21-7 on the road in the Wild Card round, setting up a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs that sports the potential for fireworks on both offensive sides of the ball.

Between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (39) and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (50), the two combined for 89 touchdown passes in the regular season, the most between two quarterbacks to face off in the postseason in NFL history. And with plenty of playmakers such as T.Y. Hilton, Tyreek Hill, and plenty of others, this Divisional showdown is arguably the marquee matchup of the weekend.

The second matchup on the AFC’s side is a matchup that seems all-too-familiar — the Los Angeles Chargers traveling to New England to face quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots.

It’s like a broken record — Brady and Belichick are having a down season, yet somehow still manage the #2 seed and a bye week. Brady has never lost to any of the remaining quarterbacks in the AFC’s playoff race, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be looking to change that.

 

Saturday: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC) | Sunday: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 

 

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Road to Super Bowl 53: Wild Card Weekend

The stage is officially set — what began with 32 teams in September has come down to the final 12, with all eyes on Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. A quick preview of the Wild Card weekend matchups as we kick off the 2018 NFL postseason!

 

All roads to Atlanta and Super Bowl 53 run through the New Orleans Saints in the NFC, with the Los Angeles Rams the other team sporting a Wild Card weekend bye.

The headlining matchups in the NFC this weekend feature the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Seattle Seahawks, and the NFC North champion Chicago Bears hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Saturday: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX) | Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m. ET (NBC)

 


Up until the waning minutes of the 2018 regular season, the AFC’s playoff picture was still very much in flux. With the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots winning to secure their first-round byes, the Los Angeles Chargers were the only remaining team locked into their playoff spot ahead of a crucial Sunday night matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

Winners of 9 of their last 10 games (and the remaining wild card spot), the red hot Indianapolis Colts’ victory Sunday night cemented the matchups, heading back to Houston to take on the division-rival Texans in a rubber match, with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Los Angeles Chargers.

 

Saturday: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC) | Sunday: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 

 

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Road to Super Bowl 52: Divisional Round

An incredible Wild Card weekend on the Road to Super Bowl 52 is officially behind us, and four teams have taken that next step they needed. The field is down to eight teams remaining, and we’re looking ahead at the Divisional Round of the 2017-18 NFL Playoffs.

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

(Saturday, 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC)

 

For the first time since 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles (13-3) will host a divisional round playoff game. However, the team will most likely be underdogs heading into their matchup against the Atlanta Falcons (11-6), despite a 13-3 record and the #2 seed in the NFC.

A steady performance from the Falcons in their Wild Card matchup against the Rams, it was the defense that provided the necessary stops, holding the high-flying Rams offense in check and limiting the team to just 13 points in a 26-13 victory. The Eagles, despite a 13-3 record and one of the hottest offenses in the league early on, will have to find their rhythm with backup quarterback Nick Foles, as starter and MVP-candidate Carson Wentz will miss the entire postseason with a torn ACL suffered in the regular season.


 

Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots

(Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET on CBS)

 

One of the unexpected storylines of the 2017 NFL season was the AFC South having not one, but two teams in the playoffs, and those two teams being the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. After a wild 22-21 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round, the Titans (0-7) are heading to New England to face their toughest test of the season; playing the Patriots (13-3), at home, in January, in the playoffs.

Despite rumored turmoil in the organization, the Patriots are a force to be reckoned with in the postseason at home, and many don’t expect this year to be any different. Quarterback Tom Brady finished the season with 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, a quietly fantastic year in what was otherwise a seemingly odd season for the Patriots.


 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers

(Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS)

 

Kicking off the Sunday action, the Jacksonville Jaguars (11-6) will head to Pittsburgh to take on the second-seeded Steelers (13-3) in the early game. Jacksonville hits the road after a less-than-stellar 10-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round, a victory that saw quarterback Blake Bortles with more rushing yards than passing yards.

The Steelers, fresh off the bye week, not surprisingly come into the matchup heavily favored. However, when the two teams matchup up early in the regular season, the Jags dominated the Steelers, a 30-9 victory that saw quarterback Ben Roethlisberger toss five interceptions. After that loss, however, the Steelers managed to win 10 of their final 11 games, with their only loss being the controversial late loss to the top-seeded Patriots.


 

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings

(Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET on FOX)

 

Rounding out the divisional round will be the red-hot New Orleans Saints (12-5) traveling to Super Bowl 52 host Minneapolis to take on the surprise of the 2017 season, the Minnesota Vikings (13-3). In a previous Week 1 matchup between the two teams, the Vikings walked away with a 29-19 victory.

The Saints, fresh off their 31-26 thriller against the Carolina Panthers which saw a late game defensive stand, will bring their high-powered offense and staggering defense into Minneapolis to face the Vikings, who have also been one of the better teams in 2017 on both sides of the football.

Surprise MVP-candidate quarterback Case Keenum, who stepped in for the injured Sam Bradford, has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,546 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in his 15 games this season. The Vikings defense, not to be outdone, ranked at the top of the league in points allowed per game at just 14.8.

 


 

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