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The Eagles Win! Our SuperBowl Victory Recap

Brady and Belichick lose their third SuperBowl to NFC East Opponents; Is their Run Over?

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Fly Eagles Fly.

The improbable has happened again. The New England Patriots lost their third SuperBowl to an NFC East team. If you picked the Eagles giving the 4 1/2 points you are in the money. We also hope you picked the over because defense was at a premium. Both teams marched up and down the field unimpeded. Thankfully, the evil empire didn’t win their sixth title, or ‘one for the other thumb.’ In the Eagles win, Tom Brady and MVP Nick Foles tied and broke several offensive records on Sunday night. They included: Most Passing Yards, Game, Team — 500, New England; Most Passing Yards, Game, Both Teams — 874; Most Total Yards, Game, Both Teams — 1,151, and tied Fewest Times Sacked, Game, Both Teams – 1.

We recap SuperBowl LII with some of the best posts on Instagram and Twitter.

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We think the game was won when the teams came on the field. No offense to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” but when you run out to the field to Philly-native and incarcerated rapper Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” you’re ahead of the game.

Foles Goes Deep

The Patriots won the coin toss and differed to the Eagles. Foles easily drove down the field, but their opening drive stalled in the red zone. Philly kicked a field goal to take a 3-0 nothing league. We were disappointed because we know first-hand, in order to defeat the world champs, field goals won’t do it. The Patriots matched the Eagles on their first offensive series. Then on the Eagles’ second series, Foles found Alshon Jeffrey for a spectacular touchdown reception. Jeffrey didn’t beat former Patriots hero Malcolm Butler on the play, he was covered by backup defensive back Eric Rowe. After the play, the Patriots made an adjustment and had starting DB Stephen Gilmore shadow Alshon Jeffrey.

The Butler Didn’t Do It

Defensive rotations happen all the time but by the end of the first quarter, it was apparent starting defensive back Malcolm Butler was not on the field. There was no explanation given by the Patriots, except to say, it was a coach’s decision. This sounded sketchy but getting real news out of Belichick is harder than extracting blood from a stone. Butler didn’t hold back during his post-game interviews, saying the team gave up on him.

Ground and Pound

Both team offenses used their passing games very well, but one of the major differences was the Eagles more balanced attacks. All three Philadelphia RB’s, ex-Patriot LeGarrette Blount, former Dolphin Jay Ajayi, and third-down back Corey Clemont made huge contributions to the victory. Blount finished the game with 90 yards on 11 carries. Clemont had four receptions for 100 yards.

Brady Isn’t Perfect

A credit to both teams’ offensive coordinators, Josh McDaniels and head coach Doug Pederson, they brought their ‘A’ game and were aggressive all game long. The Patriots attempted a flea-flicker from WR Danny Amendola pass to Tom Brady along the right sideline. It was a great call, but unfortunately for the Pats…Brady didn’t make the catch. Could his bruised finger have played a role in the drop?

 Grapefruit-Sized Cajones

Too often when opponents take a lead against the Patriots, they get conservative and take their foot off the gas pedal. Anyone remember the Falcons 28-3 lead in last year’s SuperBowl? Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson won the game for the Eagles on their last drive before halftime. With almost the exact same play the Patriots ran and failed, the Eagles completed a touchdown to take a ten point lead (22-12) into the locker room.

Justin Timberlake Rocks Halftime

It was great to see Justin perform a medley of his greatest hits, but we were a bit confused by the Pepsi Halftime Show. Timberlake made weird fashion choices and did not include any surprise guests. Where was Janet Jackson, Timbaland, or Jay-Z? Can his beautiful wife Jessica Biel get some camera-time? Also, we are huge Prince fans. It was too soon and not the right venue for a tribute.

Best SuperBowl Commercial Ever

Props to the NFL. The best SuperBowl ad of the night was the league’s promotion featuring the New York Giants homage to the 80s classic Dirty Dancing. No one puts Odell Beckham Jr. in a corner. Who knew two-time SuperBowl MVP Eli Manning and the Giants offensive line had so much rhythm? Now stay healthy, reload, and win some game, please.

Tossing Dimes

The Patriots tied to comeback in the second half, but the Eagles were able to respond with scores of their own for most the third quarter. As we mentioned, there was very little pressure on the quarterbacks in the game. On this touchdown pass to Chris Clemont, Nick Foles had all day to throw. The MVP dropped a dime over two Pats’ defenders for the play. The call on the field of ‘touchdown’ was upheld by the game officials.

The Game Winner

In the fourth quarter, the Patriots took the lead 33-32 on Rob Gronkowski’s second touchdown reception of the game. Most Pats fans and observers thought, here we go again. Teams are able to threaten the Patriots, but can’t close the deal. Not on Sunday, and not the Eagles. Foles lead a touchdown drive punctuated by TE Zach Ertz’s dive into the end zone. Once again the nation sat on the edge of their seats waiting for the officials to uphold the touchdown. As OBJ wrote on Twitter, “This call will be detrimental for [sic] what is a “catch” or not a catch for the remainder of NFL history.” Call upheld, the Eagles were back in the lead.

F#$k the Tuck

In a game with very little defense, Philly rookie defensive lineman Brandon Graham finally got to Tom Brady for a strip sack and turnover. The Eagles converted that defensive play into their third field goal of the game. The Patriots tried to get the score closer on their last drive of the game but fell short on another last-ditch Hail Mary in the end zone. Final score 41-33, Eagles win their first SuperBowl in team history and their second championship since 1960.

Foles, the Unlikely MVP

Eagles’ QB Nick Foles finished the game with 373 yards passing, three touchdowns, and even caught a touchdown from backup tight end Trey Burton.

A Career Backup Leads Eagles to the Win

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Gronk Mulls Future

The Patriots were despondent during the post-game. But the biggest news story of the night had to be Rob Gronkowski contemplating his NFL future on the podium. Was Gronk just overly-emotional after a long season, or could all his injuries (including his latest concussion) be taking their toll?

Dreams and Nightmares #FreeMeek

A Hart Attack

Philly-native Kevin Hart obviously had a ‘hydration situation’ going on last night. He bum-rushed the NFL Network set and dropped an ‘F-bomb’ on live today. Alright, alright, alright. Shout out to Marcellus Wiley of SportsNation.

Philadelphia is LIT

Make sure those poles are greased.

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