Eagles Shock Patriots Enroute To Super Bowl Title

Eagles Shock Patriots En Route To First Super Bowl Title

By: James Jackson

February 5, 2018

As the flyover passed the U.S. Bank Stadium and Pink finished her rendition of the national anthem, there was a Super Bowl to be played. Two of the NFL’s elite teams met to determine who would become Super Bowl 52 champions. The New England Patriots were looking to become six time Super Bowl champions, while the Eagles were looking to win their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

On the first drive both teams marched down the field and were held to a field goal. The Eagles scored once more with a deep pass down field from backup quarterback Nick Foles to Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery made an incredible catch in the back of the endzone giving the Eagles a 9-3 lead. Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott missed the extra point however that wouldn’t be the only time that happened in the game. Patriots veteran kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed two kicks which could have helped the Patriots in the long run if the kicks were good.

In the second quarter Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw the ball to Brandin Cooks who took a hard shot to the head from Malcolm Jenkins. That hit left Cooks motionless on the field. Cooks eventually was helped up and went to the locker room where he was ruled out for the game. With just above 30 seconds left in the second quarter, the Eagles ran a trick play. Eagles tight end Trey Burton, who played quarterback in college, threw the ball to a wide open quarterback Nick Foles in the endzone. That play came on the heels of a failed Patriots trick play where wide receiver Danny Amendola threw the ball to a wide open Tom Brady, who didn’t make the catch.

With two minutes left in the game the Patriots were trailing 38-33. Tom Brady attempted to lead the Patriots on another dramatic comeback. However, that comeback was short lived as Brady took the snap he was soon hit by Brandon Graham and lost the football. The fumble was recovered by the Eagles star rookie Derek Barnett which sealed the game for the Eagles. Eventually giving the Eagles their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Both quarterbacks had amazing performances. Brady threw for 505 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Eventual Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles threw for 373 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.


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