Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of Super Bowl LII!
Sunday marked the NFC East franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl victory — the Eagles had won three NFL Championships, but those were all before the AFL and NFL merged in the 1960s. Until tonight, Philly was 0-2 in actual Super Bowls. That streak was snapped with this evening’s nail-biting win over the defending champion New England Patriots, 41-33.
The Pats didn’t go down without a fight, though. Tom Brady threw for a whopping 505 yards — the most ever in any postseason game — and 3 touchdowns.
For the team in green, eventual game MVP Nick Foles racked up 373 yards and threw for 3 scores. Foles, who took over towards the end of the regular season for injured starter Carson Wentz, cashed in on a little trickery with a receiving touchdown of his own.
The quarterbacks had one turnover apiece. A Brady fumble towards the end of the game proved particularly costly.
Four receivers reached 100 yards during the NBC broadcast — three of them from New England’s sideline. Philly’s LeGarrette Blount rushed for 90 yards and a score.
The Eagles led 22-12 at halftime. That unusual score was brought to you by way of some missed kicks and a squandered two-point conversion attempt by the birds. The game got cleaner in the third and fourth quarters, and the scoreboard operator was overworked until the final whistle.
The Pats drew first blood after Justin Timberlake’s Pepsi Halftime Show. The back-and-forth scoring continued from there, with very little defense to be found from either team. There was just one punt all night — let that sink in for a moment. Oh, and the huge underdog upset, we suppose.
All set? Now let’s go kill off Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia), shall we, “This Is Us” viewers?
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