On February 6th, 2005, the New England Patriots played the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville with the Pat’s capturing their second straight Lomardi Trophy that night.
And what we’re about to write next is straight out of an episode of Rod Serling’s old “Twilight Zone” T.V. show.
“Imagine, if you will….” The Patriots and the Eagles are meeting again 13 years later for football’s grand prize.
This time, the game is indoors in frigid Minnesota in Super Bowl LII.
However, there are striking and even, spooky similarities to what went on 13 years ago:
The 2004 Patriots were the defending champions that season, just like here in 2017, and New England had won the Super Bowl the year before in Houston…..just like the Pats did last February.
Oh, and the Patriots were also going for their third Super Bowl win that year for QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, ….just like that duo is going for Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Freaked out yet? Need some more? O.K.
That season, Belichick was on the verge of losing both his offensive coordinator, Charlie Weis (Notre Dame), and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel (K.C. Chiefs) at the conclusion of Super Bowl XXXIX.
On Sunday, win or lose, Belichick’s offensive coordinator of 2017, Josh McDaniels (the Colts) and his defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (the Lions), will be leaving for their head coaching jobs.
As for the Eagles, 13 years ago, behind coach Andy Reid and QB Donovan McNabb they ended up making the Super Bowl by defeating the Minnesota Vikings and then, the Atlanta Falcons at home in the NFC Championship Game.
The 2017 version of the Eagles led by coach Doug Pederson (who was replaced himself, by McNabb as QB in 1999 in Philly) and by QB Nick Foles defeated the Atlanta Falcons first, and then……the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago in the NFC Championship Game.
Now, in 2004, the year the Patriots beat the Panthers in Houston, there was as big a controversial moment off the field, as has ever been in a Super Bowl. That’s when music sensations Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson were performing a halftime duet on stage and at the culmination of the final song, Timberlake stood behind Jackson, ripped her top and exposed her right breast for 90+ million people watching live to see.
They apologized and later blamed (coining a new pop culture phrase) as, “Wardrobe Malfunction” on the embarrassing incident. The NFL was rightfully enraged, as were millions of viewers.
And now 14 years later, guess who is the halftime entertainment, again in a Super Bowl involving the Patriots?
Yep. Justin Timberlake (see above).
(Janet Jackson’s whereabouts and career are unknown at this point).
And finally, there was even an “illness” situation 13 years ago with the Birds, too. We wrote on Friday morning that reportedly the Flu or at least “Flu like symptoms” have made their way through the the 2017 Eagles locker room over the past week or so.
In 2005, it was McNabb who was actually ill and vomited, not just once, but twice, in the second half of the game, as the Eagles narrowly lost to the Patriots.
Who knows what will happen, as Super Bowl LII plays out on Sunday night in Minnesota.
All we know is that it’s eerily similar in a lot of circumstances
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