Feb 16

It was a day of sweeps at the NFL Honors ceremony at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Auditorium.

Tom Brady earned his third NFL MVP Award after leading the league in passing yards with 4,577 and tossing 32 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, but Saturday was just as much about the Rams and the Saints.

The Rams took home both the offensive and defensive players of the year as well as coach of the year with Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald Sean McVay claiming the respective awards. The Saints were awarded the offensive and defensive rookies of the year with Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore.

For all of that, this year’s extensive Super Bowl matchup breakdown can be found here. If you want the bottom line — whether SN’s experts are picking the Eagles or Patriots to win Super Bowl 52, and why — you’re in the right place.

Vinnie Iyer: Super Bowl 52 should not be a defensive struggle. There are too many ways for both teams to move the ball. Foles will get going with better support from his rushing attack, while Brady will keep letting it rip in the air.

Brady is a 13-time Pro Bowler. He ranks third all time in passing touchdowns and fourth in yards. His 97.6 career passer rating is the third best in NFL history. He is a four-time Super Bowl MVP and two-time NFL MVP. Only once in 17 years have the Patriots not won the AFC East title with Brady as their starter for the entire season. Assuming he keeps up that diet after he retires, the Pro Football Hall of Fame might as will go ahead and get his measurements for a gold jacket right now.

Brady in 2015, when he was 38, told reporters that he wanted to play “for a long time, maybe 10 more (years).” You do the math. No human should be able to play football at that age; not in this league.

And Brady, an unapologetic competitor who has said he values mental experience in the NFL as it relates to his physical abilities, must be taken seriously when he says he wants to keep this going. He saw what a career of knowledge did for Peyton Manning as his old rival led the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory; the same type of knowledge Brady used to pull off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history a year later.
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