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Eagles win Super Bowl LII

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The Philadelphia Eagles came into Super Bowl LII as underdogs, just as they were all postseason, and just as they had in the previous 2 games, they pulled of the upset.

For the first time in franchise history, the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions. And they did it in the most dramatic way possible.

Tom Brady, the 40 year old MVP of the league, playing in his 8th Super Bowl, going up against 29 year old backup QB Nick Foles, who had been doubted by almost everyone ever since Carson Wentz went down.

Going into the Super Bowl, many people predicted Brady to win his 6th Super Bowl ring, and many believed he’d do it with ease considering he was facing Nick Foles. Well someone forgot to tell Foles he’s a backup QB going up against one of the best to do it.

The Patriots won the toss, and as they always do, deferred to the 2nd half. This gave Foles and the Eagles offense a chance to make a statement and show they belonged. Foles lead the Eagles downfield inside the 10 before a false start sent the Eagles back 5 yards and slowed the drive. Ultimately the Eagles had to settle for a FG and take a 3-0 lead.

The Pats quickly answered with a FG of their own to tie the game at 3.

On Philly’s second drive of the game, Foles found Alshon Jeffery in the back of the endzone from 34 yards out and the Eagles were quickly starting to scare the Pats and their fans.

At the half the Eagles held a 22-12 lead. The Patriots are one of the, if not the best team at making halftime adjustments so we were in for a historic finish for the 2nd year in a row.

New England came out of the half, marched down the field, and Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown to cut the deficit to just 3.

Once again, Philadelphia answered. Nick Foles found Corey Clement, who made a beautiful catch in tight coverage for the score and the Eagles were now in front by a score of 29-19 with 6 minutes left to play in the 3rd.

Defense was few and far between in this one, as once again Brady made it look easy, moving the ball downfield and finding Chris Hogan for the score.

The Eagles’ next drive would carry into the the 4th quarter and end in a 42 yard field goal from rookie kicker Jake Elliott to give them a 32-26 lead with 14:09 left to play.

With 9:22 left to play, Brady found Gronk in the endzone for the 2nd time and after the PAT the Patriots had their first lead of the night.

Ever since Wentz went down, Foles had been doubted, told he couldn’t bring the Eagles anywhere, and now, in the biggest game of his life, he had the chance to prove everyone wrong.

After driving 64 yards to the 11 Nick Foles took a snap in the shotgun, delivered a bullet to Zach Ertz who took 3 steps and a dive into the endzone for a touchdown. Foles took his team 75 yards to take the lead over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl with 2:21 to play.

After a failed 2-PT conversion the Eagles lead 38-33 and had to give it back to Brady. This is where he’s been so great for so long, late in the 4th quarter, with the game on the line.

After a 8 yard completion to Gronk it set up a 2nd and 2. Brady took the snap, dropped back, went to throw, and got stripped of the ball by Brandon Graham. Derek Barnett recovered the loose ball, and the Eagles were feeling amazing. They had the ball, up 5, with 2:09 to play.

With 1:05 left, Jake Elliott split the uprights from 46 yards out, and gave Philly an 8 point lead. Brady still had 65 seconds, but no timeouts, and he was going to need a 2 PT conversion.

At their own 49 yard line and 9 seconds left, Brady had one more throw to the endzone to try and make magic happen. He dropped back, heaved it to the area of Gronk, and when it hit the ground, the clock read 00:00. It was over. The Eagles were Super Bowl champions.

Nick Foles won Super Bowl MVP throwing for 373 yards, 3 touchdowns, and even a receiving touchdown.

“I felt calm, I mean, we have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said after finding out we won the MVP. “We felt confident coming in, you know, we just went out there and played football.”

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  1. Mark J Nofri on March 14th, 2018 1:47 pm

    Great article!

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