From Backup QB, To Super Bowl MVP, Nick Foles made history for the Eagles, winning 41-33
Super Bowl LII. The Philadelphia Eagles vs. The New England Patriots. The (under)-dogs vs the dynasty. Backup quarterback Nick Foles vs the greatest of all time in Tom Brady. If you have not gotten the point, the Eagles were not supposed to win this game. Although the Las Vegas betting odds only had them as 4.5 point underdogs, the story line made by the media made this game have a david vs goliath feel to it.
The game will most definitely go down as a classic, due to its back and forth scoring, fantastic coaching, and game defining plays. From the first possessions by each team it was clear this game would turn into a shootout, and that it did. Both teams combined to rack up over 1100 yards of total offense, the most ever in an NFL postseason game. Foles went 28/43 for 373 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Brady went 28/48 for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns.
First Half Summary:
The Eagles jumped out to a rather quick and surprising 15-3 lead on the defending champion Patriots. Before the Patriots’ offense could even get going they lost their top wideout Brandon Cooks to a head injury for the rest of the game. However, it didn’t take long for the Patriots to answer this by cutting the Eagles lead to 3 making it a 15-12 game. On the ensuing Eagles’ possession one of the great Super Bowl coaching calls was made. The head coach of the Eagles Doug Pederson, facing 4th down on the Patriots one-yard line, called a play setting up Nick Foles as a receiver. The defense did not pay attention to him. He was left wide open in the endzone for an easy TD reception making the game 22-12 going into halftime. Foles became the
only player to ever throw and catch a TD pass in the Super Bowl.
Second Half Summary:
At the start of the second half the Patriots seemed to turn it on. They scored on their first possession of the half throwing to Gronk (Rob Gronkowski) repeatedly. He caught a TD pass to start the half. The Patriots cut the Eagles lead to 3, making the score 22-19. As was the theme of this game, the Eagles responded right away AGAIN. They marched right up the field and Nick Foles threw a TD to wideout Corey Clemons making the score 29-19. After a couple more back and forth possession the third quarter ended with a 32-26 Eagles lead.
In the first quarter without much scoring the Patriots finally scored making the game 33-32. The Patriots took their first lead of the game. For a moment it seemed like that was the tipping point of the game and that the Patriots had just won. Yet as they had the entire game, the Eagles went right up the field and with 2:21 left in the 4th they scored with a TD pass to TE Zach Ertz. The score was 38-33 Eagles. The Patriots had to score on this next possession if they wanted to win. But in one of the biggest plays of the game Defensive lineman Brandon Graham strip sacked Brady and the Eagles recovered the ball. The Eagles scored a FG with 1:05 remaining and after a failed hail-mary attempt by the Patriots, the Eagles were crowned Super Bowl LII champions.
The Eagles weren’t given a shot by most, and were highly doubted by everyone else it seems except the city of Philly and its players. To quote Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, “Nick Foles stared down the GOAT, and won.” Though Foles isn’t the Eagles QB of the future, and likely by the end of next season won’t be on the team, his name will forever be etched in Philadelphia history. He is the man credited for bringing the Eagles their first Super Bowl in team history. This is the stuff legends are made of, and Nick Foles just wrote his own.