Eagles stun Patriots to claim maiden Super Bowl triumph

From Reuters - February 4, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles upset the National Football Leagues defending champion New England Patriots 41-33 in a back-and-forth clash on Sunday to capture their maiden Super Bowl title.

For the Eagles, who previously lost title games in 1981 and 2005, the win capped a remarkable late-season charge that most observers considered unthinkable when starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury in December.

The Eagles, trailing by a point late in the fourth quarter, moved ahead for good when quarterback Nick Foles connected with tight end Zach Ertz on a 11-yard touchdown that held up after a review determined the catch was good to put his team 38-33 up.

If they had overturned that (touchdown) I dont know what would have happened to the city of Philadelphia but Im so glad they didnt overturn it, Ertz said in a post-game interview conducted on a field covered in silver and green confetti.

Philadelphia missed a subsequent two-point conversion attempt to leave the door open for the Patriots with a little less than two-and-a-half minutes to play.

But in a game when both offenses moved up and down the field effortlessly, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had the ball swatted from his grasp by Brandon Graham and Philadelphias Derek Barnett recovered the fumble.

The Eagles went on to kick a field goal to extend their lead to eight points and denied the Patriots from engineering a last-minute, game-tying drive.

Foles, making his Super Bowl debut, was named the games Most Valuable Player after completing 28-of-43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns, along with one interception.



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