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Hulla Gys, Preseason Week 2: NE Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles Game Guide

Week 2 of the NFL preseason includes a Super Bowl rematch between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

FOXBOROUGH, MA — After opening the preseason at home against the Washington Redskins last Thursday,

the Patriots will be home for a second straight week when they host the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 2 preseason contest at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.

New England and Philadelphia met last season in Super Bowl LII, a 41-33 Eagles victory. This week’s game will be the 23rd preseason meeting between the two teams, the second-most frequent preseason opponent for the Patriots, behind the then 27 preseason meetings with the New York Giants.

The Patriots opened the 2018 preseason last Thursday with a 26-17 victory over the Washington Redskins. After falling behind 17-0 in the first half, the Patriots rallied with 26 unanswered points, including 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Here’s what you need to know about Thursday night’s game:

Broadcast Information

TELEVISION: Boston area fans can see this week’s game on WBZ-TV while Providence, Rhode Island fans should tune into WPRI. Bob Socci will be on play-by-play with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak on color. Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich will provide sideline analysis along with WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton. Patriots Football Weekly’s beat writers Paul Perillo and Andy Hart will also provide insight and analysis.

RADIO:98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Dan Roche will call the action along with former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who will provide color analysis.

Getting There and Stadium Opening Time

Fans are asked to use Interstate 95, Interstate 495, and Route 140 to access Route 1. All Foxborough back roads will be closed to stadium traffic and only open to access road pass holders and residents who live in the area. Foxborough residents who live beyond the police checkpoints are advised to visit the police station to get a pass.

Parking lots open at 3:30 p.m., with the stadium gates following at 5:30 p.m. Parking at the stadium is $40 for cars and motorcycles and $150 for buses, limos, and RVs.

The lots close two hours after the end of the game.

For those who don’t want to drive, the MBTA Commuter Rail runs a train from Boston and Providence.

Roundtrip tickets are $20.

Here’s the schedule for the trains, which leave Gillette Stadium 30 minutes after the game.

Boston Train

South Station – 5:35 p.m.
Back Bay – 5:40 p.m.
Dedham Corp. – 5:55 p.m.
Gillette Stadium – 6:40 p.m.

Providence Train

TF Green Airport – 4:35 p.m.
Providence – 5 p.m.
South Attleboro – 5:10 p.m.
Attleboro – 5:20 p.m.
Mansfield – 5:30 p.m.
Gillette Stadium – 6 p.m

Series History

The Patriots and Eagles will meet for the 23rd time in the preseason and for the first time in the preseason since 2014 when the Eagles spent time practicing with the Patriots on the fields at Gillette Stadium prior to the preseason contest. It marked the second straight season that the two teams held joint sessions. In 2013, the Patriots traveled to Philadelphia to practice for a few days prior to a preseason game.

This week’s game will be a rematch of Super Bowl LII, a 41-33 victory for Philadelphia at US Bank Stadium In Minnesota.

The Patriots and Eagles last met in the regular season on Dec. 6, 2015, when New England fell, 35-28, to Philadelphia at Gillette Stadium.

While the teams have played just 12 times in the regular season, they have played 22 times in the preseason with the Patriots claiming a 12-10 edge in the series.

Philadelphia leads the all-time regular-season series with a 7-5 margin.

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