It’s very seldom that you a see make it to the Super Bowl, never mind win it, without an elite QB at the helm. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, with the likes of Trent Dilfer with the Ravens and Brad Johnson with the Buccaneers, but the reality is that it’s hard to win a championship without an elite QB pulling the strings. That would appear to suggest that we are in for a no-contest this weekend in Super Bowl LII, as you have the GOAT, Tom Brady, going against a veteran back-up in Nick Foles who only has the Eagles starting the job because of a late-season injury to Carson Wentz. Let’s not forget, though, that Brady has lost a pair of Super Bowls to Eli Manning, and while Peyton’s younger brother has had a great NFL career, he is not in the same league as Brady. Let’s take a closer look at Brady and Foles to see how they stack up.

The Case for Tom Brady

It seems ridiculous to even have to come in here and make a case for arguably the greatest QB to have ever played the game. If he and the Patriots knock off the Eagles this weekend on the Super Bowl LII, it will be ring #6 for Tom Brady, matching the total for the entire Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, which currently has the most Super Bowl wins.

At 40 years of age, Brady is showing no signs of slowing down, and you need only look at his numbers this season to see that. He passed for over 4,500 yards, hit 32 TD passes, and had a passer rating of 102.8, which is actually better than his career average of 97.6 His passer rating has been even better in the postseason, sitting at 105.0, which is all the more astonishing when you consider that he played in the AFC Championship game with stitches in his throwing hand.

Tom Brady was seemingly made to play in the big games, as he always seems to perform at a high level. The one concern heading into the weekend is the status of Rob Gronkowski, his favorite target, as the big man is still in the concussion protocol.

Tom Brady Super Bowl LII

The Case for Nick Foles

Since Foles took over the reins from the injured Carson Wentz, he has spent much of his time defending himself from fans and media claiming that he simply doesn’t have what it takes to get the job done. He has proven everyone wrong so far, with his best performance of the season coming in the NFC Championship Game, where he totally picked apart the Minnesota Vikings defense, which just happened to be the best in the league to that point.

While Foles has been sporadic during his career as an NFL starter, where he has truly excelled is in the postseason. Sure, he has fewer playoff appearances than Brady has Super Bowl rings, but in the 3 games that he has played, he has been very good. Back in 2013, while with the Eagles, Nick Foles passed for 195 yards and 2 TDs with a passer rating of 105.0 in a losing cause. This year, he has been lights out in the playoffs with a passer rating of 122.1. Perhaps more importantly, he is yet to turn the ball over in a postseason game.

Foles may be the underdog against Brady, but he will not be the reason the Eagles fail to win. Still need to go with the experienced hand here with Brady, though.