Pederson has Super Bowl formula
Second year head coach Doug Pederson heads into Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis with the knowledge that he has already beaten the New England Patriots once in a Super Bowl.
That was in January of 1997 as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Patriots 35-21 at the SuperDome in New Orleans.
Pederson was the back-up quarterback to Brett Favre in Super Bowl XXXI while the assistant head coach on the opposing sideline was a certain Bill Belichick.
It was also the last time someone other than Tom Brady started in a Super Bowl for New England with Drew Bledsoe leading the way for the Patriots.
Five years later New England returned to the SuperDome to start their remarkable run of the past 16 years.
A quarterback in college Pederson had been originally an undrafted free agent who signed with the Miami Dolphins.
There were a couple of spells with the World Football League and Pederson was also picked up by the Carolina Panthers in their expansion draft before finding a home as Favre's back up in Green Bay.
Pederson would subsequently play for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns before winding down his playing career with a second stint with the Packers.
Andy Reid, the head coach that had signed Pederson to play for the Eagles, then became his coaching mentor hiring Pederson in Philadelphia and subsequently taking him to Kansas City to be the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs.
Three years later Pederson was ready to be a head coach and the Eagles came calling for a replacement for Chip Kelly.
The Patriots are 4/9 to win the Super Bowl, with the Eagles 15/8. Philadelphia are 10/11 with a 4.5-point spread in their favour.
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