New England Patriots to face the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl 52

Nick Foles and Tom Brady will lead their sides on February 5.
Nick Foles and Tom Brady will lead their sides on February 5. Photo credit: Getty

The New England Patriots are going back to American football's Super Bowl after seeing off a tough challenge from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Star quarterback Tom Brady was once again the hero, overcoming a hand injury to throw two touchdown passes in the final quarter for a 24-20 victory.

The underdog Jaguars marched to a 14-3 lead late in the second quarter before Brady and the Patriots launched their comeback.

Running back James White crossed with three-minutes on the clock in the first half to close the gap heading into the break.

Jacksonville stretched the lead to 20-10 with less than 10 minutes on the clock - more than enough time for the 40-year-old Patriots quarterback to pull his side in front.

Two touchdown passes to receiver Danny Amendola, the last with less than three-minutes remaining, got the five-time Superbowl champions the result a thunderous New England crowd was praying for.

They 'Pats' will play the Philadelphia Eagles on January 5 (NZT) after the latter ran rampant over a hapless Minnesota Vikings 38-7.

Inspired by a ferocious defensive display, the Eagles offence had a point to prove, putting the NFL's best defence to shame in front of a raucous Philadelphia crowd.

Would-be experts had written the Eagle off pre-playoffs after star quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a knee injury in December.

Backup Nick Foles, mocked by many, produced a career defining performance throwing for three touchdown passes without turning the ball over.

Receiver Alshin Jeffery caught two touchdowns against a defence that had only leaked more than 17-points once in the regular season.

The Eagles defence squeezed a limp Viking offence into committing three turnovers - two of which produced touchdown plays for the hosts.

The Super Bowl 52 matchup will be a rematch of 2005 when Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 24-21 win over the Eagles.

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