The New England Patriots are the designated “home” team in Super Bowl LII, but you won’t know it by looking at their uniforms.
The Patriots have opted to wear their road white jerseys against the Philadelphia Eagles rather than their usual home blues.
New England is 3-0 when wearing white in the Super Bowl during the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady era and 2-2 when wearing blue. Also, in a bizarre trend, 12 of the last 13 Super Bowl winners have worn white jerseys, with the 2010 Green Bay Packers being the lone exception.
The last instance of a home team choosing to wear white in the Super Bowl came just two years ago, when the Denver Broncos wore their away unis against the Carolina Panthers.
Over the past two seasons, the Patriots have lost just once while wearing their white jerseys, going 16-1 away from Gillette Stadium (including Super Bowl LI). Their lone loss came in Miami against the Dolphins in Week 14 of this season.
New England’s choice sets up a visual rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, which the Patriots won over the Eagles 24-21 to earn their third Lombardi Trophy in four years.
New England appeared in two Super Bowls before the Brady/Belichick dynasty began, wearing white in one (Super Bowl XXXI against the Packers) and red in the other (Super Bowl XX against the Chicago Bears) while losing both.
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