This is the matchup that most fans have been waiting for all season. The league's top two quarterbacks and MVP contenders—both with unique paths to the NFL.
Brady was given nothing, turning a sixth-round selection into three Super Bowl victories and the single greatest season a quarterback has ever achieved.
Vick was given the reins to the Falcons franchise after being selected with the first overall pick, only to have to rebuild his image and career after spending nearly two years in jail.
The Eagles are a team built around speed, athleticism and the big play. The Patriots methodically shove the ball down your throat with a series of quick reads, screen passes and crossing routes.
Vick should have a field day against the porous New England secondary, which allows 263 passing yards per game (second-worst in the NFL). However, coach Belichick always finds a way to quiet an offense that has seemed unstoppable. He used seven cornerbacks to silence the Rams and their “greatest show on turf.” He’s made Peyton Manning look like a rookie again. Whatever the task, Belichick always rises to the challenge.
The Patriots have a tremendous special teams unit that could neutralize DeSean Jackson’s return ability and their defense has a slew of young and fast players that could be used to spy on Vick. There is no way to stop an exciting and dynamic player like Vick, but if the Patriots can just contain him, Brady should be able to victimize a hurting Eagles secondary.
Prediction: 30-27 Patriots.