The Philadelphia Eagles have ridden their underdog status through the playoffs. When everyone was counting them out — after they lost Carson Wentz — the Eagles kept proving that they’re more than their quarterback.
The Atlanta Falcons? Beat them.
The Minnesota Vikings? Destroyed them.
The New England Patriots? Stunned them.
On football’s biggest stage against football’s best quarterback/coach duo, the Eagles stunned the football world defeating the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night in Minnesota.
It was improbable. It was shocking. It was everything that the Eagles have capitalized on since the start of the playoffs.
”If there’s a word (it’s) called everything,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. ”That’s what it means to Eagles fans everywhere. And for Eagles fans everywhere, this is for them.”
Even without MVP-candidate Carson Wentz, the high-flying Eagles offense put up 41 on the Patriots behind solid quarterback play, offensive line, running back, and receivers that went up and made big-time plays.
Nick Foles, who was contemplating retirement just last year, shone on the biggest stage in sports. Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns. But it was his cool, calm, and collected nature in the eventual game-winning touchdown drive that was the most impressive of his impressive evening.
Foles led the Eagles offensive on a 14-play, 75-yard drive — which included a fourth down conversion — that resulted in the game-winning touchdown.
”I felt calm. I mean, we have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. ”We felt confident coming in, and we just went out there and played football.”
That touchdown, hauled in by Zach Ertz, was controversial as the ball popped up after he crossed the goal line and fell back into his hands. After a replay, the officials upheld the call.
”If they would have overturned that, I don’t know what would have happened to the city of Philadelphia,” Ertz said. ”But I’m so glad they didn’t overturn it.”
It seemed as if the Patriots were destined to win their sixth Super Bowl. But the great Tom Brady wasn’t enough to take down the underdog Eagles. Not even with a stellar performance, in which he tossed for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards and three touchdowns.
The Patriots have won five Super Bowls in the past 16 years. It’s like they were always meant to win. Until now.
David slayed Goliath and the Eagles are now celebrating with their first Super Bowl title. Just be careful out there, Eagles fans.