Eagles win Super Bowl in thriller in Minnesota

Joanna Estrada
February 5, 2018

Brady usually finds a way to work his way down the field and win the game. We have a great group of guys, resilient group, and that's what keeps me grounded.

They're also very resilient. Since the post-season started.

Move over, Rocky Balboa. It doesn't matter who we are playing.

The 1974 Flyers. The 1980 Phillies. The 1983 76ers. All those other times Philly flew championship banners fell short of this significance.

But on Sunday night in Minneapolis, the catch rule was what the catch rule was: Confusing. "I love this environment, however, and hopefully we can win a couple more of these".

The Eagles limped into the NFL's postseason with an offence handicapped by a seemingly hopeless backup quarterback following an injury to Carson Wentz in December but Nick Foles proved more than ready to shine on the game's brightest stage.

'I've played in eight of them, and they're all good games.

Not to mention fearless.

In last year's Super Bowl, with New England trailing Atlanta 28-3, Brady led the team to a miraculous 34-28 overtime victory.

'You show up and your try and win and sometimes you lose and that's the way it goes. While it's impossible to say that Butler being part of the game plan would have changed the result, we know it could not have hurt. He made a huge contested catch on fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter, and his touchdown with 2:21 left capped the drive and put the Eagles up 38-33. A field goal would be better than nothing, certainly, but sitting at third-and-7 at the New England 11-yard-line, that was not what Pederson and the Eagles wanted. He's listed as a tight end on the roster, but he's been a contributor on special teams and was recruited to Florida as a quarterback. "We kept coming, and finally, we did make a play".

If you are going to buck convention in front of 100 million football fans, that's how you do it.

The most important of the nine times Foles threw his way was that play that culminated with the ball popping up in the air after Ertz landed on the green Eagles paint in the end zone. The Eagles have won the Super Bowl. On the seventh day, it rested. Both teams combined for 1,151 yards.

Foles played with confidence from the first snap when Doug Pederson had him come out throwing.

As play resumed, in the back of everyone's minds, was the result of Super Bowl LI a year ago, where Brady and the Patriots were down 28-3 in the third quarter, before making a stunning comeback to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Forgive Jeffery for having the right idea but the wrong team.

Brady finished his walk out into the Minnesota cold toward Bus 021, with all indications that he'll be going for his ninth Super Bowl next season.

The Patriots still had a chance, but this was going to require more than magic.

Brady gave the Patriots their first lead on a four-yard TD pass to Gronkowksi with 9:22 left.

Tom Brady reinforced his status as the NFL's greatest quarterback ever by completing 28 of 48 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns. Down 41-33 with 58 seconds left with the ball on his own 10, the 40-year-old Super Bowl legend faced his latest cue for greatness.

Then Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered, setting up rookie Jake Elliot's 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead.

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