Stopping Gronkowski is going to be challenging when looking at all of the defenders he's been able to plow through over the years, but for a defense that has only allowed 17 points combined in two games this postseason, Philadelphia will be ready come Sunday.
The New England Patriots are still favorites to win Super Bowl 52, but the odds aren't quite as strong as they were when the line first opened. Gronkowski was flattened by Jaguars safety Barry Church just before the end of the first half and didn't return.
The Eagles haven't had the best luck in terms of Super Bowl opponents.
It has been conjectured that the 65-year-old Belichick's tenure with the Patriots may come to an end soon after the conclusion of this season, as word of an unconfirmed divide placing him on one side of the chasm and National Football League all-time great quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft on the other may be the catalyst for his departure.
The moment is even sweeter for the 6-6, 260-pound tight end because he didn't get the chance to play in last year's Super Bowl after undergoing back surgery.
'You have to waste time, ' said Philadelphia receiver Torrey Smith, who played in the 2013 game with Baltimore.
That pacing completely changes at the Super Bowl when the elaborate halftime shows lead to a 30-minute break that leads to more time for adjustments, distractions and the need to stay loose.
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"If the Niners aren't going to be in it, I'd rather have no other team than the Patriots and root for the hometown guy", said Dean Ayoob, in his eighth year as athletic director. "I loved it. It was great to be a part of it". "We've got a destination that we're geared to". We have to move on. Brady and Hoody will be in their usual F you mode, and with Gronk back, and everyone loving the Eagles, I am going with the Patriots -4. Just treating it the same.
The Raiders were actually three-point underdogs against the Eagles before Super Bowl XV. He lost to the Giants after the 2011 season and beat the Seahawks after the 2014 season. He managed two sacks in that game against Matt Cassel.
It took another 24 years for the Eagles to get back to the Super Bowl.
Brady is counting on a signature performance.
Brady's touchdown passes traveled just 28 yards through the air on average. Anyone who has ever played at the highest level wants that - but you can't make your own situation, so I just kind of roll with the punches.
Instead, they took Giovanni Carmazzi out of Hofstra with 65th overall pick, one of six quarterbacks that went ahead of Brady before the Patriots snagged him in the sixth round with the 199th pick. It's very authentic to who he is.
Not so much for the Eagles.