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Your essential guide to Super Bowl 52, featuring the Eagles and Patriots

Here’s what you’ll need to know for the game that we don’t really want to watch.

Preparing For Super Bowl LII Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

In less than 12 hours, we’ll be watching Super Bowl 52. For the eighth time in the last 16 seasons, the New England Patriots will be in the biggest game of them all, seeking a record sixth Super Bowl win. The Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, will be there for the second time in the last 16 years, seeking to avenge a loss more than a decade ago against these same New England Patriots.

With Nick Foles at the helm of the Eagles’ offense, it’s anyone’s guess how good Philadelphia will be offensively, but they are a dangerous football team. The Patriots never take anyone lightly and are still bristling with comically good weapons, as they are every single year, but Philadelphia should at least give them a fight. A blowout would make this unappealing matchup even less charming.

Here’s what you need to know for tonight’s game.

Super Bowl 52 Key Information

What time is the Super Bowl? 6:30 p.m. EST, Sunday, February 4

Where is the Super Bowl? U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

What are the odds? Never tell me the odds! Okay, actually, I should. The Patriots are favored.

What’s at stake? For the Patriots, yet another title to add to the pile, and a stronger case for being considered the greatest dynasty of all-time (barf). For the Eagles, their first ever Super Bowl win.

What channel the Super Bowl on? NBC

Who are the announcers? Al Michaels, human 28-3 reminder Cris Collinsworth, and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya

Who is singing the anthem? Pink. Who knew?

How to feel as a Falcons fan?

I imagine most of you feel the same way I do: Not happy about the matchup. This has less to do with the quality of the game ahead than the two teams involved.

I can’t tell you how to feel, but I can tell you that I’d recommend either rooting for the Eagles or just sitting back and letting the game passively wash over you. There’s no particularly great outcome for us.

As a resident New Englander who has seen every Patriots Super Bowl and the resulting evolution of the Patriots fanbase, I cannot root for this team to win. I fully realize how insufferable the Philadelphia fanbase is going to be if the Eagles win, and they’re a good enough team to be around the NFC playoff picture for the next several years. Even so, go Eagles, for one day.