Underdog Eagles Take the Super Bowl LII Title Against Patriots

Carina Sarracino, Reporter

Philadelphia Eagles took an unexpected 41-33 win against the Patriots during their first Super Bowl win on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis.

The Eagles led the game at the start with a strong first half full of touchdowns by Alshon Jeffery, LeGarrette Blount, and Nick Foles. Foles received the last touchdown pass of the first half with 34 seconds left from tight end Trey Burton to give Philadelphia a ten point lead, 22-12.

New England picked up the pace in the third quarter by scoring double the amount that Philly did with 14 points, yet Eagles still led the game 29-26. The Patriots finally got their first lead in the fourth quarter, while only 33-32, from a touchdown by tight end Rob Gronkowski.

However, it wasn’t long until the Eagles returned to score 12 points, while the Patriots scored 7 in the final quarter, winning the game 41-33.

The Eagles took what could have been the Patriots sixth Super Bowl championship title in a 41-33 game. While the Patriots were defeated in a game they were expected to win, they did set the record for most points won by a losing team in the Super Bowl.

Sunday’s game also set the record for highest total of combined yards in NFL regular season and playoffs with 1,151 yards, according to NFL Research.

Nick Foles, Philadelphia’s quarterback, threw for an impressive 373 yards, but doesn’t quite compare to Brady’s 505. However, both quarterbacks threw 3 touchdowns, and Foles became the first player to both throw and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl. He also earned the title of Super Bowl 2018 Most Valuable Player.

An Eagles fan celebrates the 41-33 victory over the Patriots. Super Bowl LII set a record for highest total of combined yards in NFL regular season and playoffs with 1,151 yards. (Laurie Shaull/CC BY-SA 2.0)