As great as the NFC Championship victory was, it's time to move on and start looking at the New England Patriots.
There is no better place to start than the last time these two teams met in the Super Bowl...
Sunday, February 6th, 2005
We know the result.
After the 2005 Super Bowl, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, the Patriots offensive and defensive coordinators, were leaving New England. (Click here for the ESPN story.)
Oddly enough, following Super Bowl 52 both Patriots coordinators, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, will be moving on as well.
The Eagles and Patriots have played three regular season games since their Super Bowl match-up.
Sunday, November 25th, 2007 : Patriots 31, Eagles 28
The Patriots came into the game undefeated and as an astronomical 24.5 point favorite. This Sunday night football game featured a QB match-up of Tom Brady vs. A.J Feeley.
Sunday, November 25th, 2011: Patriots 38, Eagles 20
Tom Brady vs. Vince Young at the Linc. The most important thing to know about this game is that Doug Pederson was the Eagles QB coach at the time.
Sunday, December 6th, 2015: Eagles 35, Patriots 28
The Eagles are riding a one game winning streak over the New England Patriots.
It's important to note that core members of this current Eagles team made an impact back in 2015.
Zach Ertz- 5 yard touchdown.
Brandon Graham- 2 sacks.
Malcolm Jenkins- 6 tackles and this interception of Tom Brady that he took 100 yards to the house...
Doug Vs. Bill
The players know what they are going up against, as does their head coach.
Doug Pederson has gone up against Bill Belichick and the Patriots three times in his coaching career.
The first being the before mentioned game in 2011 when he was the Eagles QB coach, and the other two when he was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City.
Monday, September 29th, 2014: Chiefs 41, Patriots 14
This was the original "demise" of the Patriots. Pederson's offense exploded, rushing for 207 yards.
Saturday, January 16th, 2016 (Divisional Playoffs):
Patriots 27, Chiefs 20
This would be Doug's last game before becoming the head coach of the Eagles. Despite some time management issues that we now know were Andy Reid related, Pederson's offense performed well yet again, racking up 378 yards of total offense, including 135 on the ground.
While the Patriots obviously have the edge experience wise, the Eagles will not be in awe of the defending champs.
15 of the 53 current Eagles played in that 2015 game, and 5 of the 11 starters on defense played 50 percent of the snaps or more.
Doug Pederson has gone toe-to-toe with Belichick and Patricia in a playoff game, and had success.
Speaking of success, Andy Reid, Pederson's mentor, has had his fair share of success againt Belichick as of late. Don't forget about week 1 when Reid's Chiefs blew the doors off of the Patriots, 42-27.
Additionally, the presence of LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long cannot be understated. They know the coaches and the players in that Patriots locker room.
Blount now has 10 touchdowns in 10 career playoff games, and we saw Sunday night what Chris Long brings to this team.
These two not only bring experience on the field, but will be a strong presence off the field helping teammates deal with the craziness that is Super Bowl week.
Early bold prediction: LeGarrette Blount gets into the end zone on Super Bowl Sunday.