And in each of those matchups, they've been underdogs. One thing the Patriots have over the Eagles heading into the Super Bowl is experience playing in the big game. However, the line is now down to 4.5, thanks to heavy betting on Philadelphia.
There is no arguing Brady's contributions to New England's unheard of run in the past two decades, but as football is a team sport, Brady cannot win all of those games alone.
You have to admire what the Patriots have done through hard work, good coaching and smart players, but you feel they have to drop off eventually.
Can the Eagles defensive front make an impact on Tom Brady?
If I'm picking with my heart, I'm going with the Eagles, but I just can't pick against the Patriots. There's a number of reasons, but most of all, I like that defense.
The Seattle Seahawks were making a bid for back-to-back championships and the right to be known as the best defense ever. After forcing an Eagles punt, the Pats were on their way to a grind-out-the-clock win when the fates intervened, and Eagles safety Malcom Jennings forced a strip fumble of New England running back Dion Lewis.
This should present a bit of concern for the Patriots heading into their matchup with the Eagles. And while Brady is the best of all-time, it won't be easy to consistently move the ball through the air against Philadelphia. That means that even if the Eagles are able to get to Brady early, it's not a guarantee that trend will continue for the entire game.
In the first quarter of the simulation the Eagles came out with fire in their bellies, scoring the game's opening touchdown on a gritty run from Jay Ajayi. Instead, the Eagles will be here seeking their first Vince Lombardi Trophy, trying to deny the Patriots a sixth Super Bowl title. The Patriots don't blow out teams in these types of games.
In this Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 photo, barricades are viewed near U.S. Bank Stadium in preparation for the NFL Super Bowl football game in Minneapolis.
While New England got the win in that game, it came at a price, with All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski getting knocked out of the game with a concussion. New England rallied to tie the score late in the second quarter when Brady hit Amendola with a 15-yard touchdown strike.
Meanwhile, the Patriots have overcome their own share of adversity and are in the big game after coming back from 10 points down against the Jaguars in the AFC championship game a weekend ago.