Philadelphia Eagles big underdogs for Super Bowl LII
New England Patriots in pole position to retain Vince Lombardi trophy
The Philadelphia Eagles have been chalked up as the biggest underdogs since 2009 as they prepare to face defending champions the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on February 4.
The Eagles are 2-1 to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy while bookmakers in Las Vegas opened with handicaps of 5.5 to 6.5 points. Philadelphia trounced the Vikings 38-7 on Sunday night and denied Minnesota the honour of being the first team to play in a Super Bowl at their own stadium.
The Vikings scored on their first drive, but a spectacular 50-yard interception return touchdown by Patrick Robinson sparked the Eagles into life and they dominated the rest of the NFC Championship game, with quarterback Nick Foles on fire as Philadelphia rattled off 38 unanswered points.
They will now meet the Patriots, who trailed the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10 early in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship game but roared back to win 24-20 despite star tight end Rob Gronkowski missing the second half with a suspected concussion.
The favourites have won 33 of the previous 51 Super Bowls.
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