Super Bowl LII

Ansh Suchdeve

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 41-33 in this year’s Super Bowl. The game took place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018. The attendance was a total of 67,612 fans. The National Anthem was performed by P!NK and the halftime performance was by Justin Timberlake. The road to the big game for both teams went as follows. The Patriots defeated the Titans by a score of 35-14 in the AFC Divisional Round, and then proceeded to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 24-20. Afterwards, New England lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl by a score of 41-33. As for the Eagles, they defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 15-10 in the NFC Divisional Round, and then absolutely demolished the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 38-7 in the NFC Championship. Lastly, the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 41-33 in the Super Bowl.

The Eagles were led by backup quarterback, Nick Foles who replaced MVP candidate, Carson Wentz. Foles threw for 373 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass on a trick play, threw an interception, and ended up winning Super Bowl MVP. On the other hand, New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl record: 505 passing yards, 3 touchdown passes, and zero interceptions. The Eagles won the game with their beneficial pass rush by getting a strip sack with less than 3 minutes to play in the game. Next, Philadelphia kicker, Jake Elliott drained a 46 yard field goal to take an 8 point advantage over New England. Afterwards, Brady led the Patriots down the field brought them close to midfield. On the very last play of the game, Brady threw a deep pass which was intended for star tight end Rob Gronkowski; however, the pass was knocked down, and the Eagles had won the game. After the win, according to Complex, Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles, said, “So, I’m not perfect,” he continued. “I’m not Superman. I might be in the NFL, I might have just won a Super Bowl, but, hey, we still have daily struggles, I still have daily struggles. And that’s where my faith comes in, that’s where my family comes in. I think when you look at a struggle in your life, just know that’s just an opportunity for your character to grow. And that’s just been the message. Simple. If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling, embrace it. Because you’re growing.” In addition, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia, Foles also stated that, “don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is a part of life. It’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be? I wouldn’t be up here if I hadn’t fallen thousands of times, made mistakes.”

Foles had just led the Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl, after replacing Carson Wentz who tore his ACL in week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. After Wentz’s injury, many experts wrote the Eagles off, because they believed Foles would be unsuccessful, and that Philadelphia would not hoist their first ever Lombardi Trophy. However, the Eagles proved every expert wrong by winning it all. Moreover, despite being on the losing end, Brady stated in a post game press conference that “they made a good play, they made a good play. They made one good play at the right time.” Of course, Brady is referring to the strip sack fumble performed by Brandon Graham and how Derek Barnett recovered the ball. In conclusion, it was extremely tough to watch the Philadelphia Eagles hoist the Lombardi Trophy.