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Eagles Super Bowl LII champions

Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl LII champions

Super Bowl LII was filled with a lot of offense, but it was a defensive play that was the difference in the game.

Brandon Graham sacked Tom Brady with 2:16 left in the 4th quarter and forced a fumble which was recovered by Derek Barnett, and the Eagles added a field goal with 1:10 left to go up on the New England Patriots 41-33. A drive by Tom Brady fell short at the end of the game and the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Super Bowl of their franchise’s history.

Leading into the game, the big question was if Nick Foles would be able to be composed in the big game against the Patriots who were going for a record sixth Super Bowl championship. He responded by throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception and also caught a passing touchdown in the red zone. His performance got him the Super Bowl MVP award and he was the first quarterback since Doug Williams in 1987 to win a Super Bowl after having only three or fewer starts in the regular season.

He was able to play with composure right from the start as the Eagle offense opened with a 14 play drive to get a field goal and have an early lead. New England was able to get a field goal to tie the game in the subsequent drive, but then the Eagles scored a touchdown quickly in three plays capped with a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey for 34 yards. They were able to get to a 15-3 lead with another pass to Jeffrey, but then the Patriots scored a field goal and a touchdown to get back in the game with 2:04 left in the first half. A 90 yard drive that ended with James White scoring from 26 yards out made the game 15-12.

It seemed like the Patriots had some momentum as the half was coming to a close but the Eagles had a key drive that lasted 1 minute and 30 seconds and included the touchdown reception by Foles (first catch of his career) for the Eagles to have a ten point lead at the end of the half.

Brady would not let that lead last long, as he focused on getting Rob Gronkowski the ball on the first drive of the 2nd half. Gronkowski was not much of a factor in the first half but in this drive, he had four receptions including the touchdown catch to get the Patriots within three points. It was part of a big game for Brady as he threw for a total of 505 yards and one for Gronkowski as he had 116 yards receiving, but that was not enough in this game.

Each time the Patriots scored, the Eagles scored in the next possession in the second half. New England was able to get back in the game in the 4th quarter after a field goal by Jake Elliott had the Eagles up by six points as Brady connected with Gronkowski again to put them ahead by one point. However, the Pats defense could not hold as tight end Zach Ertz was able to score from 11 yards out beating Devin McCourty to give the Eagles a five point lead. The Patriots had to score a touchdown with 2:21 left on the clock but the play by Brandon Graham virtually sealed the deal for the Eagles.

This was the fifth Super Bowl loss in the history of the New England Patriots franchise and third loss to a team from the NFC East division. The Eagles become the first team from that division to win a Super Bowl since the Giants defeated the Patriots in 2012.

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Eagles Super Bowl LII champions
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