Super Bowl: New England Patriots to face Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis

Super Bowl 52
Date: Sunday, 4 February Time: 23:30 GMT
Venue: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, online and the BBC Sport app plus follow live radio and text commentary.

Tom Brady threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as champions the New England Patriots reached the Super Bowl for the third time in four seasons.

The Patriots overcame the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 to book a showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Quarterback Nick Foles threw three touchdowns as the Eagles thrashed the Minnesota Vikings 38-7.

The Patriots will equal Pittsburgh's record of six Super Bowl triumphs if they win on 4 February in Minneapolis.

"It's pretty crazy," said five-time Super Bowl winner Brady, who had been struggling with a hand injury in the build-up to the match.

"It's pretty amazing to be on a team that wins these kind of games. It's so great."

Super Bowl 52 will be a rematch of the 39th staging of the annual finale to the NFL season, when quarterback Brady threw two touchdown passes and the Patriots won 24-21 for their third title in four seasons.

They could complete the same run of success in two weeks when they play in a record 10th Super Bowl.

The Eagles, whose other Super Bowl appearance in 1981 also ended in defeat, last won an NFL title in 1960 before the Super Bowl era began.

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Brady, who needed stitches for an injury to his right hand suffered in practice on Wednesday, completed 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards, 138 of them in the fourth quarter, as the Patriots clinched the AFC Championship.

"We said whatever it takes," said the 40-year-old. "That was a great second half. I'm just so proud of our team. Amazing."

The Patriots trailed by 10 points in the final quarter but Brady's touchdown pass to Danny Amendola reduced the deficit to 20-17.

Amendola then pulled off an acrobatic catch to secure the decisive touchdown.

"We've got a lot of guys that fight and never give up, that know how to play situational football," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "I'm really proud of these guys."

Under-pressure Foles rises to challenge

Foles, who took over as Philadelphia's quarterback last month after an injury to Carson Wentz, completed 26 of 33 passes for a total of 352 yards as the Eagles scored 38 unanswered points.

"This moment, it's unbelievable. It's humbling," he said.

"The team was amazing. I'm a little speechless. It's amazing soaking this all in. We all believe in each other. Everyone was against us. We came in here and came out with an amazing victory."

Foles proved he can deliver in big games after some critics wrote off the Eagles's chances of winning the NFC title following Wentz's injury.

"I'm so happy for Nick," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "For everything he has been through and battled he has stayed true and stayed the course. We all believed in him."

Case Keenum's 25-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph opened the scoring for Minnesota, but Patrick Robinson returned an intercepted Keenum pass 50 yards for a touchdown to level the scores.

Former Patriot rusher LeGarrette Blount ran 11 yards for an Eagles touchdown and Foles supplied two touchdown passes to Alshon Jeffery and one for Torrey Smith.

The Vikings would have been the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.


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