Eagles Beat Patriots for First Super Bowl Title
The Philadelphia Eagles won their first NFL championship since 1960, beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Philadelphia got the ball first and marched to a 25-yard field goal by Jake Elliott to take a 3-0 lead with 7:55 to play in the first quarter.
New England responded with a similar drive, failing to convert a 3rd and 4 inside the Eagles’ 10, and settling for a Stephen Gostkowski 26-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 4:17 to play in the first quarter.
Philadelphia regained the lead on the ensuing possession, with LeGarrette Blount picking up 36 yards to the Patriots’ 34-yard line.
On the next play, Nick Foles went deep to Alshon Jeffery, who made a leaping catch for a 34-yard touchdown.
The extra point was no good and it was 9-3 Eagles with 2:34 to play in the first quarter.
The Patriots appeared to be on their way to regaining the lead as the second quarter started, but once again failed to convert a third down, then Gostkowski missed a 26-yard field goal attempt off the left upright and it stayed 9-3 Eagles.
Philadelphia added to the lead midway through the second quarter, with former Patriots running back Blount scoring on a 21-yard touchdown run.
The Eagles went for two points, but Foles’ pass to Jeffery was incomplete and it was 15-3 Philly with 8:48 to play in the first half.
New England responded with another field goal, set up by a dump off pass from Tom Brady to Rex Burkhead, who picked up 47 yards into Eagles’ territory.
The Patriots got a 45-yard field goal from Gostkowski to make it 15-6 Eagles with 7:24 to play in the second quarter.
The Eagles moved the ball again on the next possession, but on a deep pass from Foles, Jeffery nearly made a great catch, but tipped the ball in the air and Duron Harmon intercepted for the Patriots inside the 5, returning it to the Pats’ 10-yard line.
New England then went 90 yards to their first touchdown, with Brady passing to Chris Hogan for a gain of 43 yards.
On the next play, James White scored on a 26-yard touchdown run.
Gostkowski missed the extra point wide left, and it was 15-12 Eagles with 2:04 to play in the first half.
Philadelphia had time left to add to their lead, though, and got a big play as Foles passed to Corey Clement for a gain of 55 yards.
The Eagles faced a fourth and goal from the Patriots’ 1-yard line and went for it, and they dug into the bag of tricks for it.
On a direct shotgun snap, the ball went to Corey Clement, who flipped the ball to Trey Burton on reverse.
Burton then passed to Foles in the end zone for the touchdown, and the Eagles had one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history give them a 22-12 lead with just 34 seconds left in the first half.
New England got the ball to start the second half, and Brady passed to Rob Gronkowski four times on the drive, including a 5-yard touchdown pass to cut the Eagles’ lead to 22-19 with 12:15 to play in the third quarter.
Philadelphia answered, with Foles throwing to Corey Clement for a 22-yard touchdown, which was upheld on replay review, and it was 29-19 Eagles with 7:18 to play in the third quarter.
The Patriots came right back, with Brady finding Chris Hogan for a 26-yard touchdown, cutting Philly’s lead to 29-26 with 3:23 to play in the third quarter.
To start the fourth quarter, the Eagles had to settle for a 42-yard Elliott field goal to extend the lead to 32-26 with 14:09 to play.
New England got its third straight touchdown of the second half to take the lead, when Brady lobbed one to the corner of the end zone to Rob Gronkowski for a 4-yard touchdown pass, giving the Patriots a 33-32 lead with 9:22 to play.
Brady finished the game completing 28 of 48 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns.
Philadelphia regained the lead, with Foles passing to Zach Ertz, who dived into the end zone shortly after making the catch for an 11-yard touchdown.
Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three scores.
Replay review upheld the call, and after failing on the 2-point conversion, Philadelphia led 38-33 with 2:21 to play in the fourth quarter.
On the Patriots’ second play of the drive, the Eagles’ Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady, and Derek Barnett recovered for Philadelphia at the Patriots’ 31-yard line.
New England stopped the Eagles on three snaps, and Philadelphia got a 46-yard field goal from Elliott to make it 41-33 Eagles with 1:05 to play.
Tom Brady and the Patriots had some time left, and got the ball to midfield, but a Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete as time expired and the Eagles had won their first Super Bowl championship.
The two teams combined for 1,152 total yards, the most ever in an NFL postseason game.