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Then and now: Recalling the last Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl

We take a look at how the world looked when the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles last contested the Super Bowl, in 2005.

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30 Jan 2018, 14:30 IST
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Tom Brady then and now

Thirteen years on from their last Super Bowl meeting, the New England Patriots face the Philadelphia Eagles once again in the NFL's showpiece occasion on Sunday.

All eyes will be on Minneapolis at the weekend as the Pats aim to add another chapter to a famous dynasty, while the Eagles go in search of their maiden Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The two organisations have done this dance before, in Super Bowl XXXIX, when New England got the better of Philadelphia with a narrow 24-21 success.

That was the Eagles' last appearance in the decider, whereas the Patriots have returned four times since and can equal the Pittsburgh Steelers' record of six wins when the teams square off at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Ahead of Super Bowl LII, we take a walk down memory lane to recall the 2005 meeting. While so much has changed in the NFL and the wider world, some things remain very much the same...

 

THE BRADY-BELICHICK ERA LIVES ON

Then: Star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, with his clean-cut, poster-boy image, teams up with cantankerous head coach Bill Belichick to devastating effect, delivering back-to-back titles and a third in four years for the Patriots.

Now: Star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, with his clean-cut, poster-boy image, teams up with cantankerous head coach Bill Belichick to devastating effect, delivering back-to-back titles and a third in four years for the Patriots.*

*Ok, so the Eagles may have something to say about that last part, but the more things change, the more they stay the same when it comes to Brady and Belichick.

 

REID NOW IN CHARGE OF THE CHIEFS

Then: Eagles head coach Andy Reid - a winner of Super Bowl XXXI against the Patriots as offensive line assistant coach at the Green Bay Packers - finishes on the losing side eight years later as New England edge a tight one in Jacksonville.

Now: Reid has held the top job at Kansas City since 2013, guiding the Chiefs to the playoffs in four of his five seasons. They are yet to reach the AFC Championship game and this year were upset at home by the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round.

 

VRABEL AND VINATIERI STILL GOING (SORT OF)

Then: Mike Vrabel, ostensibly a linebacker who sometimes lined up as a tight end on offense, catches a two-yard Brady pass for a touchdown in the third quarter. Kicker Adam Vinatieri is good with all three extra-point conversions and slots a crucial field goal for a 10-point lead in the fourth.

Now: Vrabel was appointed as the Titans' head coach, replacing Mike Mularkey, this month. Meanwhile, at the age of 45, Vinatieri is still in action for the Indianapolis Colts and has just finished his 22nd season, where he made 85.3 per cent of his field goals (29 of 34, with a long of 54 yards).

 

IT'S A FAMILY SHOW, JT

Then: Beatles icon Paul McCartney performs the half-time show, with hits including Drive My Car and Hey Jude. Seen as the "safe option" after the infamous Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction the previous year at Super Bowl XXXVIII. Which brings us nicely to...

Now: Timberlake is back! Presumably without the costume shenanigans this time. "It's just one of those things where you go, like, 'Yeah, what do you want me to say?' We're not going to do that again," Timberlake told BBC Radio One.

 

EVERGREEN FEDERER STILL A CLASS ACT

Then: World number one Roger Federer, after winning three grand slams in 2004, exits the Australian Open semi-finals following a five-set defeat by eventual champion Marat Safin. Federer goes on to claim Wimbledon and the US Open later that year.

Now: Having enjoyed a renaissance in 2017, Federer has just retained his Australian Open title - the 20th major crown of his glittering career. At the age of 36, the Swiss is nearing a return to the ATP rankings summit.

 

THE OVAL OFFICE

Then: The United States is run by president George W. Bush, a controversial Republican candidate who on occasion provokes ridicule and, at times, outright anger among his detractors.

Now: The United States is run by president Donald Trump, a controversial Republican candidate who on occasion provokes ridicule and, at times, outright anger among his detractors.

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