And, with the game — and the season — possibly on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.“I’ve had a lot worse,” Brady said. “I didn’t know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win.”Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns to Amendola.It’s the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times — including last year’s 34-28 overtime rally against the Falcons.“It’s pretty amazing,” Brady said. “Just to be on a team that wins these kinds of games, it’s just a great accomplishment.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Foles threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, showing poise and moxie in going 26 for 33.The Vikings were hoping to become the first NFL team to serve as host to a Super Bowl in its own stadium, but they followed up their “Minneapolis Miracle ” with a “Flop in Philly.”So, they’ll clear out their lockers long before the Eagles and Patriots and their fans take over U.S. Bank Stadium for Super Bowl 52 in two weeks.Oddsmakers like the chances of Brady winning a sixth Super Bowl ring, making the Patriots nearly a touchdown favorite to beat the Eagles.The Patriots and Eagles, who last won an NFL title in 1960, several years before the first Super Bowl, met in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season with the Patriots prevailing 24-21.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Phillip)Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title.They’ll face a Philadelphia Eagles team looking for their first Lombardi Trophy.ADVERTISEMENT Hours after Brady’s game-winning 4-yard TD pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining in Foxborough, the Eagles won for the fourth time in five tries under Foles.It started out ominously, however.The Vikings celebrated Kyle Rudolph’s 25-yard touchdown catch from Case Keenum on their opening drive by mimicking the Olympic sport of curling for their TD celebration.It was the Eagles who had all the fun after that.Patrick Robinson’s spectacular 50-yard interception return got Philadelphia started. Then Foles and his offense tore up the league’s stingiest scoring defense, with long TD throws to Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. LeGarrette Blount had an 11-yard scoring run when things were decided in the first half, and the Eagles were headed to an NFL title game the Vikings (14-4) hoped to be in at their own stadium.“You know everyone was against us,” Foles said. “Coming out here and stick together and (we) come away with an amazing victory against a great team.”Blake Bortles and the stingy Jaguars (12-7) led New England 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold against the defending champions.The NFL’s second-ranked defense kept Brady and the Patriots at bay for most of the game, but lost linebacker Myles Jack and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus on consecutive plays on New England’s winning drive.It was New England’s 13th win in 14 games since their 2-2 start. Their only stumble since September was a 27-20 loss at the Dolphins on Dec. 11.Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after needing stitches to close a cut that happened on a play during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered. Brady led the Patriots (15-3) back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC championship game Sunday.Starting his 36th playoff game, Brady shook off an injury to his right hand and the loss of top target Rob Gronkowski to rally the Patriots to their record 10th Super Bowl appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Patriots will try to match the Pittsburgh Steelers’ six Super Bowl trophies when they face the Eagles (15-3) on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.Nick Foles, the backup QB who was thrust into the starting role when Carson Wentz blew out his left knee last month, led the Philadelphia to a 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game. 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So after dousing themselves with warm Mountain Dew, going through a gauntlet of limp handshakes and sending a letter of thanks to the commissioner’s office, can the we-stunk-less San Diego Padres finally take their foot off the gas pedal and let the Dodgers sweep them away, knowing that a sub.-500 record will actually improve their Q-rating than if they had won a whopping 82 games? Have the Pads even been allowed to print playoff tickets? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Were you able to suppress your yawn upon finding out the Atlanta Braves won the NL East again? Do we pull for the Yankees to win the AL East, so that we can root against ’em once the playoffs start? What’s a Yankees-Red Sox series without Pedro Martinez and Don Zimmer? What’s the over-under, and over again, on Jeremy Roenick giving some poor Dallas Stars kid a roll-bounce concussion on opening night? How many of the bags of ice that USC took with ’em to the 100-degree-plus bedeviled Phoenix area this weekend have already melted? As long as they’ve successfully mucked up college football with all the delays brought upon by instant replay, why not just go ahead and put Charlie White’s touchdown dive for USC in the 1979 Rose Bowl under review? Does all this make the San Diego Chicken feel sheepish? And when Trevor Hoffman closes out Game 4 of the World Series sweep against the Angels by striking out Vlad Guerrero with the bases juiced, will you take back all the prior Friar jokes? Think the NFL would just as soon leave the Arizona Cardinals behind in Mexico City after this weekend? Surprised Chad Pennington couldn’t shoulder the load? Does Vinny Testaverde pass the five-second rule, in which a grizzled quarterback that falls off the face of the earth can’t be fed to the New York fans and media again? Minnesota spamming Mike Tice sounds nice, but wouldn’t St. Louis ramming Mike Martz show a lot more smarts? How do you explain Fuzzy The Dog (29-12) winning our little NFL weekly pick ’em contest against six reasonably minded humans? Shouldn’t Michigan be allowed to stay in the Top 25 just because of its helmets? Can Phil Jackson set the bar any lower? Hasn’t Jack McKeon already retired? Is this just the start of Greg Maddux’s streak of sub-.500 seasons? What does it say about NHL fans when the league reports that the season-ticket renewal rate is about 88 percent? When is there going to be a Gallup Poll of, say, 2,242 U.S. adults between 18 and 54 with a fully functioning brain who agree 99 percent that the Harris Poll should get out of the business of helping decide who goes the college football national championship game? Does Tiger Woods’ new ‘do do anything for you? How about Jessica Alba in a bikini? —Tom Hoffarth is at (818) 713-3661 and firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!