Eagles defeated the Patriots 41 – 33, denying Tom Brady a sixth Super Bowl ring. Nick Foles, the backup quarterback, stepped up to take home the Lombardi. This game came down to the very last second, as do many Super Bowls. With just over 2 minutes left, Tom Brady fumbled the ball. Eagles recovered. The rest is history.
Eagles led most of the first half, getting 3 touchdowns and a field goal. Patriots scored a touchdown and 2 field goals. Patriots missed both extra point attempts, while the Eagles missed a PAT and failed a two point try. The first successful PAT came near the end of the half with the Eagle’s touchdown. There were 5 penalties in the first half, 4 of which went against the Eagles. The Patriots lost a major player, Cooks, to an injury after receiving a deep pass for a first down. Tom Brady had 276 passing yards in the first half, compared to Nick Foles’ 215 passing yards. Both teams attempted essentially the same trick play, with two handoffs and a pass back to the quarterback. On third down, this play failed for the Patriots, as Tom Brady dropped the pass. However, this play was successful for a touchdown on fourth down for the Eagles. This marked the first time a quarterback has received a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. At the end of the first half, the score was 22-12, Eagles leading.
The second half was a different story. Patriots starting out by scoring a touchdown, and it seemed the Brady – Gronk duo was proving to be unstoppable. Eagles answered with their own touchdown, only to be scored on again by the Patriots. Then, after a tackle for a loss of 8 yards, the Eagles were forced to kick a field goal, narrowing their lead to only 6 points. Patriots took their first lead of the night after a touchdown pass by Brady with only 10 minutes left in the game. Eagles barely answered this, but missed the two points, making it a 5 point game. Then, a miracle came. Brady fumbled the ball, giving it back to the Eagles with 2 minutes left. Eagles kicked a field goal, making it an 8 point game. It was time for Brady’s miracle drive. But he was running out of time. With 9 seconds left, Brady threw a Hail Mary. No good. Eagles win.
Nick Foles stepped up big in this game, and was named MVp. He helped convert twice on fourth down, and passed for over BLANK FIX IT yards. Eagles’ running backs Ajayi and Blount also made big plays, consistently breaking tackles. To be fair, Tom Brady played amazingly. He passed for longs yards time and time again, switching between Hogan, Amendola, and Gronkowski. His fourth quarter comeback was just what you’d expect from a quarterback with 6 Super Bowl wins. Eagles’ defense rarely got to Brady, and often left wide gaps in zone and were overpowered in man coverage. However, they stepped up big time when they had to, giving Eagles the win.
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