The New England Patriots are the reigning champ thanks to one of the most historic victories in NFL history, when trailing the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 in the third quarter. While the Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions, their partners in this year’s big event, the Philadelphia Eagles, are peaking at just the right time, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching on Free to Air or streaming the game live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
NFL 2018 Super Bowl Preview
Despite Tom Brady reaching his fortieth birthday, the New England Patriots will enter this year’s biggest NFL game looking to become the first team since their very own 2003-2004 squad to win back to back Super Bowls, but it will be no easy feat. The Eagles, representing the NFC, have caught fire at just the right time, and in spite of losing all-star QB Carson Wentz to injury, have rolled through the playoffs behind the arm of Nick Foles. The Eagles absolutely thrashed the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Conference Championship, a dominating 38-7 victory on the Viking’s home field, with Foles completing 26 of 33 pass attempts, including three touchdowns. In the AFC title game, the Patriots once again had to rely on late game heroics to pull out a 24-20 win. Trailing in the 4th quarter by a score of 20-10, Tom Brady led two drives to tack fourteen points on the board, as time was winding down. Brady was without his top weapon, TE Rob Gronkowski, who was knocked out in the first half. Fortunately it looks like Gronkowski will be available for Super Bowl LII, to be played in the US Bank Stadium, under the roof in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Should the Patriots prevail, it will be their sixth Super Bowl victory, an all-time record, while the Eagles are still looking to hoist their first-ever Lombardi.
NFL on ESPN of Australia vs Free to Air
ESPN, the original home of the NFL in Australia, will broadcast every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night regular season contest, Live and in HD, along with two marquee Thanksgiving day matches, as well as every playoff game and one of the world’s biggest sporting events, Super Bowl 52 on February 4, 2018, for up to 64 live events.
In Addition to televising these live games, ESPN of Australia (Foxtel) will typically offer these same matches with NFL TV replays airing later that same day.
The Super Bowl 2018 Free to Air offering will be broadcast via 7mate, and the Seven Network streaming service will televise up to two live Sunday afternoon games, which generally air starting between 3:00 am and 7:00 am Sydney time on Monday morning, as well as select Sunday Night contests which will be shared with ESPN.
NFL Super Bowl 2018 Live TV (AEDT)
- Monday 5 February LIVE: Superbowl LII: Patriots v Eagles at 10.00am (7Mate/ESPN)
- Monday 5 February Replay: Superbowl LII: Patriots v Eagles at 9.00pm (ESPN)
Super Bowl 2018 and Half Time TV Guide (ESPN)
- Sports Center Australia Super Bowl Special: 9.30am – 10.00am (AEDT)
- National Anthem: Pink to perform at about 10.10am (AEDT)
- Super Bowl kick-off: Patriots vs Eagles at 10.30am (AEDT)
- Half-time Show with Justin Timberlake at about 12.10pm (AEDT)
- Super Bowl resumes at approximately 12.30pm (AEDT)
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Exact games to be shown via 7Mate for NFL playoffs still to be determined.
NFL Live Streaming and a Free Trial
While you can find Free to Air NFL action on Channel 7, the best prime time coverage will be shown exclusively on ESPN of Australia (Foxtel), to include every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night contest airing Live, along with replays of the biggest match-ups on their broadcast schedule.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s 2 weeks Free live TV trial, which will televise these marquee NFL games online*, as well as offering live Super Bowl streaming to eligible mobile devices through Foxtel Go within minutes of getting started.
AFC Teams to Watch
The AFC Conference in the NFL could well be dominated by two sides, most notably the airing of the Patriots, who will have be looking to capture back-to-back Super Bowls. The biggest obstacle to their chances appear to be the Pittsburgh Steelers, who along with QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown and RB LeVeon Bell, can put points on the board against the best of them. The Steelers have also improved the defense, adding youth and speed.
NFC Teams to Watch
The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons headline the NFC Conference. The Packers had a disappointing 2016 season after so much was expected of them, but the big key for them is their second year players. If they can improve off their debut season, combine that with Aaron Rodgers, and you have yourself one dangerous team. The Falcons represented the NFC in the Superbowl, and at one point in the game, they held a seemingly insurmountable 28-3 lead. It was short lived though, as the Patriots fought all the way back to win the game 34-28 in over-time, so it remains to be seen how that affects the Falcons going forward.