The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will be playing in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

 

It is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX played in Jacksonville on Feb. 5, 2005 and won by the Patriots, 24-21.

At the time, the Patriots became the second team after the Dallas Cowboys to win three Super Bowls in four years.

Thirteen years later, the Patriots are seeking their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most in NFL history.

Here are five storylines to follow leading up to the big game.

Gronkowski watch

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remains in concussion protocol, but took a step forward on Saturday by participating in a portion of the Patriots’ practice. Despite his participation, Gronkowski still hasn’t cleared the league’s concussion protocol.

Gronkowski suffered a concussion after taking a hit to the helmet by Jaguars safety Barry Church in last week’s AFC Championship game. The NFL fined Church $24,309 on Friday for the hit.

Eagles seeking first Super Bowl title

The Eagles are among 13 NFL franchises, which include the Jaguars, that’s never won a Super Bowl. The Eagles have previously been to the game twice, which includes a 27-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV in 1981. Philadelphia is seeking to win its first NFL championship since 1960.

Seeking a repeat

New England is trying to become the first NFL team to repeat since the 2004 Patriots. Behind quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots are also trying to win their third Super Bowl in four years. After the Super Bowl, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expected to be named the new head coach Indianapolis Colts; defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to become the Detroit Lions’ new head coach.

Nick Foles, from backup to Super Bowl starting QB

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is trying to accomplish what former New York Giants backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler did back in 1990 when he took over after Phil Simms broke his foot during Week 15 and led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory over the Buffalo Bills. Foles took over for starter Carson Wentz after Week 14 when he suffered a left knee injury. Tom Brady also was a backup in 2001 before taking over for injured Drew Bledsoe in Week 3 and leading the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title.

Can the Eagles defensive front make an impact on Tom Brady?

In the AFC Championship game, the Jaguars’ plan was to apply stifling pass-rush pressure on Tom Brady to make him feel uncomfortable in the pocket. Jacksonville ended the game with three sacks, but Brady still made two game-clinching fourth-quarter touchdown passes. Now, the Eagles are hoping their dominant defensive front will make a more successful impact on Brady. The Eagles have not allowed more than 10 points in four consecutive games. Among the Eagles’ defensive line leaders is Chris Long, who won a Super Bowl title with the Patriots last season.