One storyline that continues to surface as the Patriots wrap up their season with Tom Brady under center is whether or not the quarterback is “human.”

After all, he did lead the Patriots through the playoffs with a reported 12 stitches in his hand. No matter the consensus, former players around the league are taking notice of what Brady has accomplished throughout his career and many are finding it hard to believe he’s really 40 years old like the team’s media guide says.

What exactly are former NFL players saying? Well, Joe Theismann, who played for the Redskins from 1974-85 and retired at 35, isn’t completely convinced his birth certificate is right.

Super Bowl 52 will be Brady’s eighth Super Bowl and 290th NFL game overall. He was pressed earlier this week on the topic of retirement, but it’s a subject that’s not even on his mind. He’s just a few seasons away from becoming the oldest NFL player to start a game at age 44 and if he’s still in the league at 48, he would become the oldest quarterback in NFL history on a roster.

The Patriots used a familiar formula to get to their eighth Super Bowl under coach Bill Belichick: clutch play from both quarterback Tom Brady and their defense. The Eagles have been the NFL’s most complete team in their ability to light up the scoreboard while also shutting down opponents.

What looked like a lopsided QB advantage for Brady feels a little different after Nick Foles turned in one of the greatest playoff passing performances ever against the Vikings. Facing another daunting defense that will stop the run, Brady will have no issues passing often in a game that has all the makings of a shootout.

The Patriots have the better secondary to contain Foles’ targets, but the Eagles have the better front-four pass rush to throw at Brady. Look for both Doug Pederson and Josh McDaniels to be aggressive and call upon their QBs to go after big plays downfield.

Dion Lewis and Jay Ajayi both will flash in the running game, but it comes down to which gamebreaking wide receiver-tight end combination — Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz vs. Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski — can have more success stretching the field.bills_043