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Super Bowl LII Predictions: New England Patriots or Philadelphia Eagles?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Jay Ajayi #36 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter in the NFC Ch

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.

Playoff Predictions

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
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A look at how the New England Patriots made it to Super Bowl LII.

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A look at how the Philadelphia Eagles made it to Super Bowl LII.

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.

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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.


Liam Plunkett

England's Liam Plunkett celebrates the wicket of South African Faf du Plessis, caught behind by England's Jos Buttler for 16 during the second One-Day Inte

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.


Anya Shrubsole

England's Anya Shrubsole (R) raises the trophy after winning the ICC Women's World Cup cricket final between England and India at Lord's cricket ground in

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.


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.

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