Pre-Season Superbowl Rematch; Patriots Defeat Eagles
Foxborough, MA - When it comes to Super Bowl rematches, the games are undeniably more meaningful when they come during the regular season or even, astoundingly, during the post-season. But since inter-conference games do not always align with the two teams that squared off in the previous year's Super Bowl, sometimes the rematches have to come during the pre-season. This was the case last night when the New England Patriots faced the Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of this February's Super Bowl LII.
Thanks to some exceptional scoring drives from New England and a proclivity towards penalties for Philadelphia, the Patriots were able to prove themselves victorious against the birds from Pennsylvania as they moved to 2-0 on the pre-season with this 37-20 victory at Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady looked exceptional during his limited playing time in the pre-season game that was not even guaranteed to be one in which he would play. The Patriots quarterback finished the game with nineteen completions out of twenty-six passes for one hundred and seventy-two yards. Brady also threw two touchdowns in the victory as he was also able to converse with Nick Foles, this year's Super Bowl MVP, after a missed connection when the championship ended the last time they met.
Foles threw more completions, touchdowns, and for more yards than Brady, but his interception was one of a few turnovers that proved costly for the Eagles. A Philadelphia fumble, for example, was recovered in the second quarter by Ja'Whaun Bentley and returned fifty-four yards for a touchdown.
In addition to Brady's two touchdowns, which were thrown to Chris Hogan and James White, respectively, backup quarterback Brian Hoyer also threw a touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson in the third quarter. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski netted three field goals of his own to round out the Patriots' many scoring drives against the high-flying Eagles offense.
Obviously, the level of competition will be much higher when the Patriots dig their heels into the throes of the regular season, but for now, it is reassuring to watch the team perform at such a high level.