Unfathomable and unimaginable were just a couple of words thrown out 16 years ago in Super Bowl XXXVI. The St. Louis Rams came into New Orleans a 14-point favorite over the New England Patriots in 2002. Presumably, the “David vs. Goliath” matchup was supposed to be a blowout. Surely, that was the sentiment before kickoff on February 2nd, 2002. What’s the point of even watching? The Patriots had lost the game before the ball was kicked off. “The Greatest Show on Turf” was looking to win back to back Super Bowls.The Rams were absolutely “bullet proof” to win Super Bowl XXXVI. Then Tom Brady was born…
The Philadelphia Eagles are Replicating the 2001 New England Patriots Super Bowl Run
Tom Brady’s Mindset From the Start
Ironically, Brady even now still looks the part of a young quarterback that just walked off the set of the movie “School Ties.” But don’t let that easy going ‘prep school kid’ look fool you. Brady has a fire that burns deep within. There was evidence even way back when. Brady had the “it” factor. It’s not something anyone can teach. Nor is it something that any random person can learn.
Be that as it may, no one could have predicted the Super Bowls and the next 16 years of his Hall of Fame career. Obviously, there wasn’t many that thought much of Brady coming out of the NFL Draft. He was drafted in the sixth Round at the 199th pick in 2000. Brady knew it though.
“I still have the image of Tom Brady coming down the old Foxboro stadium steps with that pizza box under his arm, a skinny beanpole, and when he introduced himself to me and said ‘Hi Mr. Kraft,’ he was about to say who he was, but I said ‘I know who you are, you’re Tom Brady. You’re our sixth round draft choice. And he looked me in the eye and said
I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.’ It looks like he could be right,” recalled New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft.
Eagles have same chip on their shoulder
After winning the Super Bowl in 2002, the New England Patriots would become a bonafide dynasty. Although this is 100 percent true, the Philadelphia Eagles have that same hunger to win their first ever Super Bowl.
If the Eagles win this game, both teams historically would have had to wait a long time. The Patriots were 0-2 coming into that first Super Bowl in 2002. Also, the Eagles come into Sunday with an 0-3 Super Bowl record. Notably, both teams got blown out on their first try. The Patriots getting the bigger spanking from the 85′ Chicago Bears 46-10. The Eagles got thumped too, falling hard to the Oakland Raiders 27-10 back in 1981.
Time will tell if history is gonna somewhat repeat itself and crown a new underdog. The Eagles fans have waited for this moment. An unlikely cast of characters bring them to the precipice of making one of the unlikeliest of runs in 2017.
There’s no secret the Eagles are going to try and pressure Brady. On the other hand, the Patriots will attempt to shutdown the Eagles standout tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz was targeted eight time last week and caught all eight passes for 93 yards.
Above all, the question that lingers into Sunday, is can Nick Foles perform under the biggest of all stages. He’s already proven he can win big games. But the Super Bowl against the world beating New England Patriots is a whole different animal. That being said, all dynasties must come to an end. All end in totally different ways. Super Bowl LII has the makings of a Cinderella story that could be one of the monumental upsets the Super Bowl has ever seen. Expect another instant classic regardless of wins.
And no matter what happens, another page will be written for the history books.