Super Bowl LII Predictions: New England Patriots or Philadelphia Eagles?
Last Updated: 05/02/18 3:25pm
So, it comes down to Super Bowl Sunday!
Our star-studded panel of predictors through the season was whittled down to a final three ahead of Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles and, as the only one to pick an Eagles win, England cricketer Liam Plunkett emerged victorious.
He beat Sky Sports News' NFL reporter, and weekly predictions expert, Richard Graves, as well as England Women's cricketer Anya Shrubsole, who finished tied for second sport.
|Points||Correct picks (Conference Round)||Correct picks (Divisional Round)||Correct picks (Wild Card Round)|
|Liam Plunkett||58||Patriots (8), Eagles (8)||Patriots (4), Jaguars (4), Vikings (4)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Richard Graves||24||Patriots (8)||Patriots (4), Eagles (4), Vikings (4)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Anya Shrubsole||24||Patriots (8), Eagles (2)||Patriots (4), Eagles (4), Vikings (2)||Titans (2), Jaguars (2)|
|Eliminated - Championship Round|
|Rob Lee||18||Patriots (2), Eagles (2)||Patriots (4), Vikings (4), Eagles (2)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Eliminated - Divisional Round|
|Neil Reynolds & Jeff Reinebold||12||Patriots (4), Vikings (4)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Nasser Hussain||12||Patriots (4), Eagles (4)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Jim White||12||Patriots (4), Vikings (4)||Falcons (2), Saints (2)|
|Jade Clarke||10||Patriots (4), Eagles (2)||Titans (2), Saints (2)|
|Baron Corbin||10||Vikings (4), Patriots (2)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Laura Wright||8||Patriots (4)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Gethin Jones||6||Patriots (2)||Jaguars (2), Saints (2)|
|Eliminated - Wild Card Round|
|Shaun Gayle||2||Jaguars (2)|
|John Part||2||Saints (2)|
Two points were awarded for each correct pick our predictors make, with them subsequently earning bonus multiplier points for correct predictions made in respect of subsequent rounds - for example, a divisional round winner predicted before the start of the playoffs earns four points, a conference winner earning eight and Super Bowl winner 16.
For the Super Bowl, we also asked our final three for a score prediction. If they got the scoreline spot on, 25 bonus points would have been awarded, or 10 for closest to the final result.
Scroll down to see our panel's predictions, as Graves first guides you through his Super Bowl pick...
New England Patriots v Philadelphia Eagles, Super Bowl LII
Sky Sports Action (407), 10pm, Sunday
Will it be the end of the drought or the continuation of the reign? On Sunday night Super Bowl LII will see a first - either the Eagles will claim the Lombardi Trophy for the first time or Tom Brady will become the first player to lift it six times.
The game itself is just as enticing; statistically there's little between the teams. The Eagles had the third-ranked scoring offense (28.57 points per game) and the fourth-ranked scoring defense (18.4 PPG allowed). The Patriots have the No 2 scoring offense (28.63 PPG) and No 5 scoring defense (18.5 PPG allowed). Both teams finished the regular season with 13-3 records and while it's the Eagles defense which has been lauded for the pressure they've got on opposing QBs, it's the Patriots who've had the most sacks through the post season (11).
In such high-pressure games, experience and composure can be decisive. Without doubt, that is where the Patriots have the edge. This is Tom Brady's eighth Super Bowl appearance - that equals the combined experience in the big game among all 53 players on the Eagles roster! And, as well as Nick Foles has played in the postseason, there's an underlying feeling that if Philly get behind early on the biggest stage this Sunday, the occasion may catch up with him.
PATRIOTS 27-7 EAGLES
I'm a massive Eagles fan, so perhaps a little biased. I can't wait for Sunday! It's going to be tough to take the Patriots and Tom Brady down, but I have faith in Philly and the underdog spirit.
PATRIOTS 26-31 EAGLES
I picked the Patriots to win right from the very start, so I'm not going to change my mind now. I do love an underdog though, so do hope it is a close game at least.
PATRIOTS 31-20 EAGLES
For 90 minutes of Super Bowl LII build-up from US Bank Stadium with Josh Norman, join us on Sky Sports Action and Mix from 10pm on Sunday.
Sky Sports Main Event joins us at 11pm and the action kicks off at 11.30pm (GMT), including the half-time show featuring Justin Timberlake.