The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history after taking down the New England Patriots in an epic 41-33 battle in Minnesota.
It was an offensive showdown as the two teams set a Super Bowl record for total yards, and those offensive fireworks came by way of an epic quarterback duel between Nick Foles and Tom Brady. Foles completed 28 of his 43 passes for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in one of the finest performances in Super Bowl history. Brady was arguably better, completing 28-of-48 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns, but he did have a crucial late fumble that essentially sealed the game.
The best pass of the game from Foles was this dime to Corey Clement in the back of the end zone, where the catch was controversial but the throw was not.
His first touchdown pass of the game to Alshon Jeffery was also a dime, but Jeffery’s catch was definitely the most impressive part of the play.
Not only did Foles throw for three touchdowns, but he caught one as well on a gutsy fourth-and-goal call from Doug Pederson.
Brady had plenty of great passes of his own, with this fade to Rob Gronkowski being one of the best of the night, but his incredible effort wasn’t enough to top Foles and the Eagles.
Foles led the game winning drive with some incredible throws and gutsy plays, none more impressive than this dart over the middle through a tight window for a first down.
The game-winner came on a slant from Foles to tight end Zach Ertz on a late third down, who dove to the goal line for the score.
The Patriots had some huge receiving performances from Danny Amendola (8 catches, 152 yards), Chris Hogan (6 catches, 128 yards, 1 touchdown) and Rob Gronkowski (9 catches, 116 yards, 2 touchdowns) that will undoubtedly and unfortunately be forgotten because they came up just short.
The Eagles got a big game from LeGarrette Blount as he had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, but the breakout performer for Philadelphia was Corey Clement who had 100 receiving yards on four catches including that controversial touchdown grab. Foles spread the love around, with Nelson Agholor hauling in nine catches for 84 yards while Alshon Jeffery had three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Zach Ertz also pulled in six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.