As the home team in Super Bowl LII, New England earned its pick of jersey colors in next weekend’s big game against the Philadelphia Eagles. With 12 of the last 13 Super Bowl winners wearing white, including last season’s Patriots squad, the decision was an easy one for Tom Brady and The Hoodie. New England is a perfect 3-0 in its road whites when Brady has taken the field on Super Bowl Sundays, but the Pats are just 2-2 when the future Hall of Fame quarterback wears the home blue on the big day.
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Last season, the Patriots were the road team against the Atlanta Falcons. They also wore white uniforms in that game, and you could say that things turned out pretty well for them after overcoming a 28-3 deficit — the largest in Super Bowl history. The time before that, against the Seahawks, they wore white and beat the Seahawks 28-24 thanks to Malcolm Butler’s game-sealing interception at the goal line.
Oh, and the Patriots wore white the first time they beat the Eagles in a Super Bowl, back in 2005. Another good sign for Pats fans: New England has played three “bird” teams in Super Bowls — the Eagles, Seahawks and Falcons — and are undefeated in such games.
Clearly, selecting white uniforms is yet another example of Bill Belichick and the Patriots always playing everything to their advantage and knowing the game better than everybody else.
The Eagles shouldn’t feel too shabby about donning their signature green, however. As Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton pointed out Tuesday, Philadelphia has won all but one of its 2017 games in home colors, going 10-1, with the lone loss coming in a meaningless regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Both of the Eagles’ playoff victories this season have also come with the team in green jerseys.