This time, the New England Patriots were the victims of a Super Bowl comeback.
MVP Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and caught another as the Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday night to win the franchise’s first NFL championship since 1960.
Patriots QB Tom Brady was undeniably brilliant, throwing for 505 yards — a Super Bowl record — and three touchdowns, but was strip-sacked by Brandon Graham with 2:09 to play.
The Patriots scored touchdowns on their first three second-half drives, rallying from a 29-19 deficit to take a 33-32 lead with 9:22 to play. But Foles led the Eagles on a 14-play, 75-yard drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to play for the winning score.
Two plays later, Graham made one of the few standout defensive plays in a game dominated by offense.
Jake Elliott provided the final margin with a 46-yard field goal with 1:06 to play. Philadelphia pinned New England back on its own nine-yard line on the ensuing kickoff and Brady could move the Patriots only 40 of the required 91 yards as a final Hail Mary pass fell short.
The Eagles ran their run-pass option offense to perfection, racking up 538 yards on a Patriots defense that only forced them to punt once. New England recorded 613 yards of total offense and did not punt at all, but missed a field goal and an extra point and turned the ball over on downs in Philadelphia territory before Brady’s ill-timed fumble.