History often provides valuable insight into the present. At least, that’s the inspiration behind a Super Bowl-themed Saturday Night Live sketch that takes the New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia Eagles matchup all the way back to 1775. The sketch, from the February 3rd episode, features two of our favorite SNL alums: Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch. They returned to lead each of the two factions in some good old-fashioned trash talk. The premise of the sketch? The “patriots” from New England have just won the Battle of Bunker Hill. And they’ve come to Philly to gloat about their accomplishments.
Rachel Dratch (a Massachusetts native IRL) and her patriots, joined by host Natalie Portman, share the epic story of the battle, led by Captain Thomas Brady. They say “wicked” and “kid” a lot while bragging about how many lobsters they eat. But then, Tina Fey (a Pennsylvania native IRL) and the delegation from Philadelphia bust in, saying they’d win battles too if given the chance. Best line goes to Kenan Thompson: “Yeah, we a bunch of rowdy Quakers.”
It’s basically everything you want from an SNL sketch: surprise cameos, real-world parallels, colonial garb, and ragging on Tom Brady. It definitely makes us wish we could have Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch and a Super Bowl every single week.
Watch Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch’s Super Bowl-themed SNL sketch below.
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The best part of the sketch is Beck Bennet’s character.
He essentially plays everyone who doesn’t live in Philly or New England. He’s incredibly bored with this matchup. At the end, he declares, “They are the worst. Is there any way they both could lose?” For everyone watching the 2018 Super Bowl who dislikes the Patriots but is a little over Philly too, we feel that sentiment.
Super Bowl LII airs tonight, Sunday, February 4th, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC.