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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady talked about getting the 12 stitches out of his hand in the coming days (via "Kirk and Callahan Show"): "Hopefully some time this week. And at that point, again, because I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that - there was no broken bones - that was obviously the best news I could ever hear based on what you thought it could be. It ended up being a lot of good luck after, I'd say, a pretty unlucky injury. It turned out to be a lot good luck it wasn't more serious than it was."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady detailed how right hand injury happened (via "Kirk and Callahan Show"): "We ran into each other and my thumb just got bent back. It wasn't his helmet or anything. It just kind of got bent back and that's why I thought it was a lot worse. The doctors checked it out and we did the things just to kind of check on everything. Fortunately there wasn't the damage that normally comes associated with that. I think we were very lucky."

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Eagles-Patriots pits underdogs against dynasty (0:46)
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Brady still king of the comeback (0:44)
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Flashback to Pats' Super Bowl win against Eagles (1:02)
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SVP reflects on Brady's remarkable run (1:50)
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Pats DC Patricia savors likely final home game

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who sources say will be named Lions head coach, basked with his family on the red-and-blue confetti filled playing field Sunday after his team's 24-20 AFC Championship game win over the Jaguars.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

FPI gives the Patriots a slight edge in Super Bowl LII.

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Jackson: You need extraordinary things to beat the Patriots (1:15)
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Patriots' experience was key in comeback (2:11)

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Eagles will face the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, which will be a rematch from Super Bowl XXXIX. This is the 6th time in Super Bowl history that teams will meet for a 2nd time (Cowboys and Steelers are only teams to meet a 3rd time). In 4 of the previous 5 instances, the team that won the 1st meeting also won the 2nd meeting

ESPN Stats and Information  

This is the 4th time in the last 5 seasons that both No. 1 seeds reached the Super Bowl. It happened only once from 1994-2012 (happened in 2009).

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Patriots trailed by 10 points in the 4th quarter. They're now 3-4 in the last 10 postseasons when trailing by at least 10 points in the 4th quarter of a playoff game (the rest of NFL is 3-70 in those games during that span).

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Amendola comes up again in the clutch for Patriots (1:02)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

When the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in the 2004 season, they beat the Eagles. Now as they attempt to accomplish the same feat a decade later - winning their third Super Bowl in four years - the Eagles are once again the foe.

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Brady continues to amaze in comeback win (1:06)