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Super Bowl 2018: Matchup Date, Odds and Eagles vs. Patriots Breakdown

Nick Foles on cover of Sports Illustrated Super Bowl issue

What might have been is drowned out by whys.

Hostetler was the quarterback who led the Giants to their win in Super Bowl XXV 1 1⁄2 months after starting quarterback Phil Simms was lost for the season with a broken foot.

Distinct as Pederson and Reid might be, you can see Reid's mentoring influence in everything from schemes to operations to philosophies of his former offensive coordinator. "Nick is the guy and Nick's been voicing his voice more than anybody, and I'm just trying to help". But given his value, coaches may change it for him.

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz walks on the field before the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. Without a single Lombardi Trophy to show off (in a division that has a combined 12 Super Bowl championships between the three other teams), the first coach to cause for a Super Bowl parade down Broad Street will go down in Philly sports history as a hero for decades to come.

While Foles and Hostetler traveled different paths to the big game, there are some resemblances with their teams.

Once the Super Bowl is over, Wentz will work more in a confined environment in the sense that his teammates, the ones who don't need continued physical rehabilitation to come back from injury, will be gone for the offseason. Everyone left the Eagles for dead, including me.

In typical Eagles fashion, after injuring himself, Wentz would stand in the pocket and deliver a touchdown pass.

Foles has completed 78 percent of his passes without committing a turnover in two playoff games. If they must go to battle against Tom Brady with Nick Foles, then this could be the season when it's better to have Foles.

The Chiefs were given a reprieve, though, taking over at the Tennessee 28 after a muffed punt. He takes control. Even in seven-on-seven drills that don't mean anything to anybody, they mean something to him.

Now, consider Pederson's approach after his Eagles took the second-half kickoff.

Is Foles the Foles who led the NFL in passer rating in 2013 for one, lightning-in-a-bottle season under Chip Kelly (remember him?) Or the Foles who meandered around the league over the next few seasons, finding a home in neither Kansas City or Missouri?

Or that he had never recalled being part of a flea-flicker before and that he knows sometimes trick plays go "really bad". "I'm going to push and do everything I can to be ready". "Injuries happen. Injuries are not going to change me". The Eagles have a Super Bowl to win on February 4.

After losing the team's franchise quarterback to a season-ending ACL injury in November, news just broke that Carson Wentz also tore his LCL tendon in addition to the previously reported ACL in that now infamous play in Los Angeles.

All Foles has done since is throw eight touchdown passes and two interceptions while winning all four games he has started and finished.

Any athlete, any person, could learn something from his perspective.

"Just the way Carson has handeled everything has been fantastic", Foles said Wednesday. "Just get away from it. Get prepared, get prepared mentally for what you are going to face, and throw everything else out, those outside forces". Guys want to talk about learning to protect yourself, we debated that and talked about that all season long (with the media), that will continue to grow and develop. Because that's the attractive thing. "There were bumps in the road, but you were able to overcome them with the people who are around you, the people who believe in you and love you". While his rehabilitation has limited some of his involvement in team and quarterback activities, Wentz has attended as many practices and meetings as possible.

That's why this season, and in particular Sunday's game, were so impressive.

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