Miscellaneous information to help prep you for Super Bowl 52:
– When: Sunday, Feb. 4
– Game: Eagles (15-3) vs. New England (15-3)
– Kickoff time: 3:30 p.m. EST
– Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis (66,860)
– Seeds: Eagles NFC-1, Patriots AFC-1.
– TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
– Desktop: NBCSports.com
– Mobile: NFL Mobile, Yahoo Sports app
– Tablet: NBCSports app (iOS, Android), NBCSports.com
– Connected: NBC Sports app (AppleTV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Xbox, Samsung, Smart TVs)
– Line: Vegas Vic opened the Patriots at minus 6 with an over/under of 48. It has fallen to 5 in many sportsbooks and even 4.5 for Patriots fans willing to shop around. The total has hovered at 48 or 48.5.
– Eagles vs. spread: 12-6 overall, 2-0 in the postseason. The Eagles, you may have heard, were underdogs in their two playoff game despite being at home. They’ve covered their last four overall as ‘dogs, not counting the Dallas game in Week 17 which the Eagles treated like a preseason contest.
– Patriots vs. spread: 12-6 overall, 1-1 in the postseason. New England had been on a 10-1 roll until the Jaguars covered a 7.5-point line in the Patriots 24-20 win in the AFC title game.
– Weather report: U.S. Bank Stadium is a domed facility. It’ll be 70 and comfortable inside, not so much outside.
– Winners share: $112,000 per player. Losers share: $56,000 per.
– History lesson: The Patriots beat the Eagles, 24-21, in Super Bowl 39 in Jacksonville following the 2004 season. Their most recent meeting was in 2015 when the Eagles won outright in Foxboro as 8-point underdogs. The Eagles are 7-6 all-time against New England, but just 1-4 since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000.
– Jerseys: New England, as the home team, gets first choice and elected to go with their road white tops. The Eagles will go with their signature midnight green. Each team had the same unis in Super Bowl 39.
– God Bless America: Leslie Odom Jr.
– National Anthem: Pink.
– Halftime show: Justin Timberlake.
– Referee: Gene Steratore is the crew chief, who is making his Super Bowl debut.
The Eagles are 10-3 when he’s been the lead official, including five consecutive wins dating back to 2013, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. He was the ref when the Eagles defeated the Broncos, 51-23, this season. He also refereed when the Eagles beat the Lions, 56-21, in 2007 and Carolina, 45-21, in 2014.
New England is 12-5 in games Steratore is the referee. In 2007, his second season as a crew chief, he was on the field for the Patriots 31-28 win over the Eagles, who held a fourth-quarter lead despite being 24.5-point underdogs. This will be the third postseason game the Patriots played with Steratore. They lost a wild-card game to the Ravens in the 2007 playoffs and rolled the Broncos after the 2011 season. New England won both its 2017 games with Steratore, beating Atlanta and Buffalo.
Notable calls made while Steratore was the lead official include the Calvin Johnson play in 2010, which has muddled what is/what is not a catch for most of this decade, a similar controversy involving Dallas’ Dez Bryant against Green Bay in a postseason game after 2014, and just this past season, he used a piece of paper to determine the measurement of a razor-thin first-down measurement in a game between the Cowboys and Raiders. Dallas was given the first down and went on to kick the winning field goal.
In addition to his NFL duties, Steratore is also a college basketball referee. He works games in the Big Ten and occasionally in the Atlantic 10 and other conferences. He’s a Pennsylvania native, and lives in the Pittsburgh suburbs.
– Other officials: Roy Ellison (umpire), Jerry Bergman (down judge) and Byron Boston (line judge) will work closer to the line of scrimmage. Bergman’s father was the head linesman when the Eagles beat the Cowboys on that frigid day January at Veterans Stadium in 1981 to get to their first Super Bowl. Also calling the game is Tom Hill (field judge), Scott Edwards (side judge) and Perry Paganelli (back judge). Those last three guys generally will be watching for downfield infractions, such as pass interference.
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