The Eagles led from the jump as they held a 15-3 lead at one point in the second quarter, and went on to finish the half with a lead of 22-12. The Eagles looked sharp, led by quarterback Nick Foles, and remained intact even though they had made it to the big one. It was the Patriots who actually seemed nervous, especially kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Gostkowski, who is usually one of the best kickers in the NFL, missed a field and a PAT in the first half.
All that being said, this is the Patriots that we are talking about, so there was never reason to celebrate an Eagles victory this early. To nobody’s surprise the Patriots and Tom Brady came roaring back after being down the entire game. Gronk’s second touchdown gave the Pats their first lead of the game in the fourth quarter 33-32. With time ticking down and the Pats’ first lead, it appeared that Brady had done it again.
But Nick Foles and Zach Ertz had other plans, as Foles led the team down the field to score on an Ertz heave to just cross the plane. The concern for the Eagles yet again was Tom Brady, as he had plenty of time to score a TD only down by 5. But that is when the tables finally turned.
On the Patriots possession that followed, Brady was stripped of the ball on their own 26-yard line giving the ball back to the Eagles. It was up to Eagles kicker Jake Elliot now, as the fumble recovery would put them in instant field goal and a chance to go up by 8. Elliot stuck the ball right down the middle, giving the Patriots an almost certain defeat.
Brady was left with the almost impossible task of scoring a touchdown and 2-point conversion with just 1:05 left in the game. A failed hail mary eventually ended the game and the Eagles are Super Bowl Champions.
Nick Foles was named Super Bowl 52’s MVP, after starting the last few games for the injured Carson Wentz. The game featured the most combined yards in a Super Bowl ever with over 1,000. Nick Foles finishes with 373 yards and four total TD’s. Tom Brady finishes with a record breaking 505 yards and three touchdowns.
Following the loss, star Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said that he will consider his future in the NFL this coming off season.
Rob Gronkowski said he was going to reflect on his future when asked if he’s considering retiring.
He wouldn’t commit to returning in 2018. pic.twitter.com/ApdZKKMqyM
— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) February 5, 2018