Super Bowl LII: New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles

 

Roberto Soltero, 23Sports

Super Bowl LII was another one for the record books. Two great offenses set to battle off. Two questions were looming before the game: Could a backup carry a team to Super Bowl victory while facing the best coach and quarterback duo of all time? Could this be the end of the best coach and quarterback duo of all time? The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to defer. The Eagles got the ball and had an eventful first drive that included helmet catch 2.0 by Torrey Smith. The Eagles couldn’t capitalize in the red zone and had to kick. The 1st quarter ended with a 9-3 Eagles lead after an Alshon Jeffery touchdown and a Jake Elliot missed field goal.

Things started bad for the Patriots as Stephen Gostkowski missed a 26-yard field goal. After this the Eagles scored again on a 21-yard touchdown by LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles went for a two-point conversion but couldn’t complete it. With 5 minutes to play Nick Foles threw what could have been an incredible one-handed catch by Alshon Jeffery and instead was intercepted by Duron Harmon. The interception led to a Patriots touchdown but Stephen Gostkowski missed another extra point. The Eagles scored again on a trick play in which Tight End Trey Burton threw a touchdown pass to Quarterback Nick Foles. Foles became the first player in NFL history to throw and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl. The first half ended with a 22-12 Eagles lead. The 22 points scored by the Eagles in the 1st half were the most first half points the Patriots allowed in a Super Bowl in the Belichick era.

At halftime, the Eagles were considered 3.5 betting favorites. Justin Timberlake performed in the Pepsi halftime show.

The 3rd quarter was one were the Patriots did most of the damage. The Patriots started the second half with a touchdown from Rob Gronkowski. On the next drive the Eagles scored on a 22-yard touchdown by Corey Clement. The Patriots scored again in the next drive on a 26-yard touchdown from Chris Hogan. The 3rd quarter ended with a 29-26 Eagles lead but the momentum shifted over to the Patriots.

The 4th quarter started with a Jake Elliot 42-yard field goal. The Patriots answered right back with another Gronkowski touchdown. Gostkowski went for the extra point and the Patriots took a 33-32 lead. Crazy events followed as with 2:25 left in the game, Nick Foles threw an 11-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz. This play was really controversial because it looked like Ertz didn’t have full control of the football. After a 3-minute review the call was upheld. The Eagles went for a two-point conversion to try to take a 7-point lead but couldn’t complete it. On the next drive the Patriots committed they’re first turnover of the game as Tom Brady was strip sack by Brandon Graham. The Eagles kick a field goal and took a 41-33 lead. This led to the Patriots with one final chance with a minute to go. Tom Brady could only complete three passes. Brady threw a Hail Mary to Gronkowski as time expires but couldn’t complete it. The Eagles went on to win the first Super Bowl. Nick Foles took home MVP honors as he threw for 373 yards and 3 touchdown passes.

Some Fun Facts:

 

  • The Eagles and Patriots set a Super Bowl record for most total yards with 1,151. This was the most total yards in a game in NFL history, regular season or playoffs

 

  • The Patriots became the first team to have multiple wide receivers with 100+ receiving yards (Danny Amendola & Chris Hogan) since 1999.

 

  • Corey Clement joined James White and Roger Craig as the only running backs in Super Bowl history to record 100 receiving yards.

 

  • Tom Brady is the first quarterback to throw for over 500 passing yards in a Super Bowl.

 

  • Tom Brady is the first QB to amass 10,000+ career postseason passing yards

 

  • The Patriots allowed their most points (41) and total yards (538) of any playoff game under Bill Belichick

 

Tom Brady is the first quarterback in NFL history to lose a game with 500+ pass yards, 3+ TD, and 0 INT (regular season or playoffs)