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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham (55) tackles New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12), during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis.

The second half is underway in Superbowl LII (52) and the underdog Philadelphia Eagles are leading the favored New England Patriots 22 to 12.

The game to determine the American football championship has been a lot closer than the halftime score indicates.

This year's game is being played in Minneapolis, Minn., where the game-time temperature was around minus 17 degrees Celsius. But in the city's indoor stadium, it is in the relatively balmy 20s.

Coleman Hands, center, of Dallas, Davis Smith, second from right, of Austin, Texas, and Brian Moran, right, of Boston cheer while watching the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.
Coleman Hands, center, of Dallas, Davis Smith, second from right, of Austin, Texas, and Brian Moran, right, of Boston cheer while watching the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could set several records during the game. He will be the oldest nonkicker to play in the Super Bowl, and could be the oldest quarterback to win, picking up his sixth title — the most of any NFL player in history.

Philadelphia is vying for its first Super Bowl win after two attempts. It lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl 39 in 2005. But the Patriots are favored in today's game, which is expected to be viewed by more than 100 million people.

Among those watching will be No. 1 fan -- President Donald Trump. He put out a pre-game statement thanking the American servicemen and women who he says are unable to watch the game with friends and family, but whose sacrifice makes such big events possible.

Advertisers are paying $5 million for a 30-second commercial during the broadcast, which is traditionally the most watched television show of the year in the United States.

Kathleen Doherty, center, of Woburn, Mass., reacts with other fans at a Boston bar while watching the New England Patriots' final drive during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.
Kathleen Doherty, center, of Woburn, Mass., reacts with other fans at a Boston bar while watching the New England Patriots' final drive during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game between the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Viewer ratings for this year's Super Bowl are considered critical for the NFL. Its regular season ratings declined by 10 percent compared with the prior year.

The drop in ratings has been attributed in part to people boycotting NFL games because of player protests, including kneeling for the national anthem. Other causes include reduced subscriptions to cable television, as online streaming services become more popular, and to some degree, declining interest.

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