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*This article is part of a weekly Throwback Thursday Series that will feature key stat lines and short recaps of the last time the New England Patriots played their upcoming opponent.

Last Time Out...

It may be easy to forget just when the last time the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles met; and in all actuality, Patriots' fans probably don't want to think about it.

But now we're onto Super Bowl LII, and it's time to get reacclamated with our opponents.

Way back when in a Week 13 matchup on Dec. 6, 2015, the 5-7 Eagles handed the Patriots their second loss on the year in a 35-28 upset.

New England was up 14-0 early on, but Philadelphia went on to score five straight touchdowns, thanks to uncharacteristic and ugly play from the Patriots.

Najee Goode scored on a blocked punt, Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception 99 yards for another touchdown and Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house - in an unfortunate series of events for the Patriots - to help the Eagles march their way to victory that day.

New England had a chance to come back at the end after an onside kick and a fumble, but three dropped passes in a row by Patriots' receivers had them handing the ball back over to the Eagles. And that was that.

Hey, we all have bad days here and there.

Noteworthy...

This ugly loss marked New England's second straight - the first time in three years that they had lost back-to-back games.

The Eagles, on the other hand, had given up 45 points in back-to-back games and lost three in a row before this crazy victory.

Tom Brady hauled in his second reception of his career - a 36-yarder thrown by Danny Amendola, who the ball was directly snapped to.



New England was without tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Julian Edelman and running back Dion Lewis this game.

The Stats...

Tom Brady went 29-of-56 for 312 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Danny Amendola was one-of-one for 36 yards.

Sam Bradford completed 14-of-24 for 120 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles.

LeGarrette Blount led the way for New England's rushing efforts with 13 carries and 54 yards. Tom Brady scored the lone rushing TD for the Patriots that game.

For Philadelphia, it was Darren Sproles who led the way with 15 carries and 66 yards. Kenjon Barner was next with nine rushines for 39 yards.

On the Patriots' receiving side, James White caught ten passes for 115 yards and one touchdown; Danny Amendola had seven receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown; and Scott Chandler added four receptions, 61 yards and one score.

For the Eagles, Jordan Matthews hauled in three catches for 36 yards and a score, while Zach Ertz had the other receiving touchdown.

Jamie Collins led the way for the New England defense with eight total tackles and three solo. Jerod Mayo added a sack on the day.

Philly's defense was led by Walter Thurmond III who recorded 10 total tackles and six solo. Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham each posted two sacks this game.

For the Eagles, Malcolm Jenkins added a 99-yard pick six, while Darren Sproles took a punt return 83 yards to the house.

And Now...

The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off in Super Bowl LII. Game time is set for 6:30 pm ET from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.

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Megan Carnahan 2/01/2018 08:38:00 AM Edit
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