Super Bowl 2018 LII. For a list of Super Bowl games, see List of Super Bowl champions. For other uses, see Super bowl LII 2018. Super Bowl LII will decide the league champion for the 2017 NFL season. The game is scheduled to be held on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which previously hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. It will be the sixth Super Bowl in a cold weather city.
Super Bowl LII 2018
Date: Sunday, Feb. 4
Kickoff Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis
Point Spread: Patriots -4.5
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The game is the culmination to a regular season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Normally, Roman numerals are used to identify each game, rather than the year in which it is held. For example, Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season. The sole exception to this naming convention tradition occurred with Super Bowl 50, which was played on February 7, 2016, following the 2015 regular season, and the following year, the nomenclature returned to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI, following the 2016 regular season. The next Super Bowl will be Super Bowl LII, scheduled for February 4, 2018, following the 2017 regular season.The Super Bowl is the National Football League’s annual championship game. Played on the first Sunday in February, The Big Game hosts the American Football Conference Champion versus the National Football Conference Champion. The game is played at a pre-determined neutral location. The designated home team alternates between the NFC and AFC representatives on a yearly basis. The recent list of Super Bowl Champions is below. You can view each season’s Super Bowl matchup by clicking the season link.
Football fans and pundits are not letting facts ruin a good Super Bowl LII narrative. The New England Patriots are playoff regulars fighting for their second consecutive title. The Philadelphia Eagles are gunning for their first-ever Super Bowl triumph, and they must earn it behind their second-string quarterback. It’s a David vs. Goliath tale for the ages.
Or is it? Both teams earned their conferences’ top seeds by finishing 13-3 with a plus-162 point differential. Because of New England’s defensive woes, Philadelphia ranked one spot higher (No. 5) in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA). With a healthy Carson Wentz, the Eagles would deserve to be favorites. Instead, according to OddsShark, the Patriots hold a 4.5-point edge.
Although Tom Brady gives New England a gigantic advantage under center, Nick Foles just registered 352 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 141.8 quarterback rating in the NFC Championship Game. The Patriots, meanwhile, needed a late rally to fend off Blake Bortles’ Jacksonville Jaguars.
Is this really an epic underdog story, or it merely a case of everyone forgetting that a quarterback shares the field with 21 other players?
The Super Bowl environment is all about hype and the ridiculous bulls–t that will go on. It’s a great week; it’s about competition. The two best teams on the biggest stage. The winning team is the one that works the hardest. — Bill Belichick, as quoted from Tom Brady’s meeting notes in Tom vs. Time.
No one knows Super Bowl week quite like Belichick, which is why he shifts so effortlessly from irritation about the mindless hysteria surrounding Super Bowl week to the type of obvious cliches that makes Super Bowl week so mindlessly hysterical in the first place.
Digest is on the ground in the icy Twin Cities for all things Super Bowl LII, from the chaos and pageantry of Opening Night to an inside-the-numbers look at how the Eagles and Patriots stack up.
Let’s start where we often start Super Bowl week: with a deep dive into the mind, heart and soul of Tom Brady.