As the ball hit the turf in Minnesota, signaling the end of Super Bowl LII, no one could have imagined the joy that overcame the city of Philadelphia as the Eagles finally did it – winning the Super Bowl in amazing fashion, topping the favored Patriots for the first football title in fifty-eight years for the city.
Doug Pederson and the Eagles coaching staff put together a solid offensive game plan, running all kinds of motions and plays that clearly the Pats were not prepared for – the most obvious the play that saw quarterback Nick Foles end up catching a touchdown pass to give the Eagles a score late in the second quarter to make it 22-12 at half.
No one could have expected Foles to have the postseason run that he did, doing enough for the MVP award in the game, and ending the game with 373 yards with three touchdowns and one pick.
He led the team down the field for the drive of his life, a drive that showed the heart this team has shown all season, ending with a great throw and catch to tight end Zach Ertz to make it a 38-33 game.
“I felt calm. We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We felt confident coming in, and you know, we just went out there and played football.”
A huge defensive strip of Pats QB Tom Brady and fumble recovery put the Eagles in a position to put the game on ice, and a Jake Elliott field goal made it a 41-3 game with less than a minute left.
The Pats (as they always do) got to about midfield, but a Hail Mary from Brady on the final play fell incomplete, putting the Lombardi Trophy into Philly for the first time.
“You know, we’ve played this game since we were little kids. We’ve dreamed about this moment,” Foles said.
“There’s plenty of kids watching this game right now, dreaming about this moment [who] some day will be here. And to be here with my daughter and my wife, my family, my teammates, this city – we’re very blessed.”
The Eagles all season showed the heart that the city has shown for years, and now they can celebrate a championship for the first time with their beloved franchise.
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