Written By AJ McDaniel
The Super Bowl is the one game everyone in the world watches so naturally you expect the greatest game to be played here and it did not disappoint.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots faced off on the biggest stage in sports and it was lethal.
The game went down to the final second but of course what else would you expect from the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady. Tom Brady threw for 505 yards and was 28/48 passing hitting the end zone three times two of them to his good buddy Rob Gronkowski who had only one catch for nine yards in the first half. Gronkowski went off in the second half catching eight passes for 107 yards and those two TDs.
But there was another quarterback on that field, yes, the backup Eagle playing in only his 5th game in the 2017 season shredded the Patriots defense all night long, yes I’m talking about the first time Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
Foles connected on 28 of his 43 passes in the game that went for 373 yards and three touchdowns, but that’s not all he did Nick also got involved in the receiving game catching his first career touchdown pass thrown by Trey Burton on a big fourth down conversion at the end of the half to push the lead to double digits again to keep Tom Brady at bay.
Nick Foles became the first quarterback in super bowl history to catch a touchdown pass.
The offense was the big story in this game the record for most yards from scrimmage was set and the bar is now very high at 1,151 total yards. While New England got most of their contribution by air they had several guys take a shot at running the football. James White, the hero of Super Bowl LI, was held to just 45 rushing yards all game and only 21 receiving yards but did end up finding the end zone once.
The Philadelphia Eagles running backs were great contributors to the total yardage. LeGarrette Blount was the leading rusher of the game with 90 yards on the ground and busted through the end zone once on his former teammates. While Corey Clement the young buck rookie playing not only in his first Super Bowl, but his first season was the Eagles top receiver with 100 yards and one big touchdown from 27 yards out pushing the lead back to ten in a crucial point of the game starting a back and forth touchdown battle between the two teams.
Although this game was all about the offense everyone knows the old saying, “Defense wins Championships” and it was very true in this game with the Eagles only sack and turnover coming at the same time just seconds before the two-minute warning after a controversial touchdown catch and failed two-point conversion by the Eagles put them up by five points. The Eagles would lead to a third field goal by Jake Elliot making it an eight-point lead.
Brady would get one last chance at the title, the Pats would travel halfway down the field after starting at their nine-yard line, and Brady would launch one long hail mary pass to his faithful buddy Gronkowski but the Eagles defense would hold strong and bring home the win and the Lombardi trophy for the first time in franchise history.