The Patriots are the better football team in this matchup. Most fans and analysts would agree with that notion.
It will be a huge benefit for New England if they can come out of the gates with energy and emotion, helping themselves to put the first points on the board. A mistake-free first quarter and a double-digit lead, for example, should all but seal the Eagles' fate.
The best chance Philadelphia has at beating New England is outplaying them in the early part of the game. That isn't to say that Tom Brady cannot mount a comeback against an Eagles defense that has been less than stellar, but it would certainly make it much more difficult.
If the Eagles can get an early lead, they will be able to control the clock and run a more diverse offense featuring their strong ground game. This outcome has been a common denominator when it comes to the games New England has lost this season.
Opponents who have taken down Tom Brady and the Pats have been able to control the clock and keep number twelve on the sidelines.
For the Patriots, it is imperative to stop that progression before it has a chance to even begin.
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