Foles, Pederson’s Eagles lift Vince Lombardi Trophy

February 5, 2018

 

Nick Foles and Doug Pederson embrace after time expires to confirm Philadelphia Eagles' win over the New England Patriots

The Philadelphia Eagles edged their first-ever Super Bowl title as they overcame the defending champions the New England Patriots 41-33 in a thrilling match at Minnesota’s US Bank Stadium.

An incredible 1000 yards of total offense was surpassed as both teams traded blow after blow, with the final touchdown coming via a dive by Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

The result means New England quarterback Tom Brady, widely regarded as the greatest in his position of all time, is denied a sixth Super Bowl ring at the age of 40.

Tom Brady walks off the field amid falling confetti after failing to add to his five Super Bowl wins in Sunday night's game

Tom Brady walks off the field amid falling confetti after failing to add to his five Super Bowl wins in Sunday night’s game

Zach Ertz dived to score what proved to be the decisive touchdown - which was awarded following a lengthy video review

Zach Ertz dived to score what proved to be the decisive touchdown – which was awarded following a lengthy video review

Eagles' QB Foles celebrates after becoming the first player in history to throw and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl 

Eagles’ QB Foles celebrates after becoming the first player in history to throw and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl 

A shot from the top of US Bank Stadium just before the match shows the sheer size of the amazing venue in Minnesota

A shot from the top of US Bank Stadium just before the match shows the sheer size of the amazing venue in Minnesota

The Philadelphia Eagles had brought their cheerleaders with them to Minneapolis, and they performed ahead of the game

The Philadelphia Eagles had brought their cheerleaders with them to Minneapolis, and they performed ahead of the game

Singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr sings 'America The Beautiful' alongside a youth choir in the build-up to the Super Bowl 

Singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr sings ‘America The Beautiful’ alongside a youth choir in the build-up to the Super Bowl 

London-born Eagles running back Jay Ajayi meanwhile, wins his first Super Bowl after contributing 57 yards along the ground to aid Philadelphia’s remarkable victory.

The NFC Champion Eagles were underdogs heading into Sunday night’s game, which was played at the remarkable US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

But back-up Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles, only starting since the injury to Carson Wentz towards the end of the season, threw 373 yards and three scores and even had a receiving touchdown in one of the craziest Super Bowls ever.

After both teams traded field goals to start, Foles found wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for a 34-yard hook up to score the first touchdown with an impressive grab at the end zone.

Ex-Patriot LeGarrette Blount’s 21-yard run extended the Eagles’ lead to 15-3 as Doug Pederson’s men took a commanding lead early on in Super Bowl 52.

New England responded with a Stephen Gostkowski field goal and James White’s rushing score, which came after Foles threw his only interception, to reduce the deficit.

Jake Elliott kicks a field goal for the Eagles during the opening stages of the Super Bowl, as the underdogs took an early lead

Jake Elliott kicks a field goal for the Eagles during the opening stages of the Super Bowl, as the underdogs took an early lead

Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (left) catches a touchdown pass over the head of the Patriots' Eric Rowe

Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (left) catches a touchdown pass over the head of the Patriots’ Eric Rowe

Jeffery celebrates after catching a 34-yard touchdown pass, the first of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday night

Jeffery celebrates after catching a 34-yard touchdown pass, the first of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Sunday night

Jeffery is congratulated by his team-mates after catching the first touchdown of Superbowl LII at the US Bank Stadium

Jeffery is congratulated by his team-mates after catching the first touchdown of Superbowl LII at the US Bank Stadium

But Philadelphia edged 10 points back in front with one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history.

On fourth and goal, Pederson called an incredible trick play. The ball was snapped directly to Corey Clement, who flipped over to Trey Burton, who in turn threw to Foles who had sneaked out to the end zone.

Foles hauled in his first career reception and the Eagles went up 22-12 heading in to the half-time break and a performance from Justin Timberlake.

New England had been trailing at half-time of last year’s Super Bowl and would fall 28-3 behind to the Atlanta Falcons then before completing a dramatic comeback in overtime.

There was more emphasis on throwing to Rob Gronkowski in the second half and the tight end, who caught just one pass in the opening two quarters, snagged Brady’s first touchdown toss.

The Eagles fired back midway through the third quarter. If the Foles touchdown was creative, this Clement grab was controversial. Foles dropped another inch-perfect pass into his receiver’s hands but the ball appeared to come loose before his second foot went out of bounds.

Brandin Cooks was on the end of a huge hit from Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles that left him sprawled on the turf

Brandin Cooks was on the end of a huge hit from Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles that left him sprawled on the turf

Cooks is attended to by the Patriots' medical team on the pitch in the second quarter but he was unable to continue

Cooks is attended to by the Patriots’ medical team on the pitch in the second quarter but he was unable to continue

Brady - playing in his eighth Super Bowl, the most of any player in history - passes during the first quarter of the match

Brady – playing in his eighth Super Bowl, the most of any player in history – passes during the first quarter of the match

Brady's quarterback opponent, Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles, under pressure from Marquis Flowers of the Patriots

Brady’s quarterback opponent, Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles, under pressure from Marquis Flowers of the Patriots

Stephen Gostowski pulls his kick attempt just off the upright as New England missed the chance to gain some extra points

Stephen Gostowski pulls his kick attempt just off the upright as New England missed the chance to gain some extra points

Former Patriot LeGarrette Blount rumbled over to score the Eagles' second touchdown of the game during the second quarter

Former Patriot LeGarrette Blount rumbled over to score the Eagles’ second touchdown of the game during the second quarter

A touchdown was awarded on the field and, after consulting video replays, the score stood.

New England would not go away, though. An Eagles pass rush that many thought would cause Brady problems was ineffective and he went over 400 yards passing, in the third quarter, with a 26-yard strike to Chris Hogan.

Jake Elliott’s field goal made it 32-26 at the start of the fourth quarter but Brady looked unstoppable, unflappable and untroubled.

His third touchdown, this one to Gronkowski, was added to by a Gostkowski extra point that gave New England their first lead.

Philly’s failure to slow Brady resulted in them rolling the dice again on fourth down and Foles’ completion to Zach Ertz crucially continued the drive.

James White responded after breaking off a brilliant touchdown run of his own to draw the Patriots back within range

James White responded after breaking off a brilliant touchdown run of his own to draw the Patriots back within range

Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski - already a two-time Super Bowl champion ahead of this year - runs on the field

Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski – already a two-time Super Bowl champion ahead of this year – runs on the field

Gronkowski is felled by a tackle from Rodney McLeod during the game at Minnesota's US Bank Stadium on Sunday evening

Gronkowski is felled by a tackle from Rodney McLeod during the game at Minnesota’s US Bank Stadium on Sunday evening

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz celebrates after catching a 19-yard reception during the second quarter

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz celebrates after catching a 19-yard reception during the second quarter

Foles receives a touchdown pass from Brent Celek in a crazy trick play which saw the quarterback peel away to the endzone

Foles receives a touchdown pass from Brent Celek in a crazy trick play which saw the quarterback peel away to the endzone

Foles is congratulated by Torrey Smith after catching the remarkable trick play touchdown to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead

Foles is congratulated by Torrey Smith after catching the remarkable trick play touchdown to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead

Justin Timberlake provided the half-time entertainment in an impressive display from the pop star out on the field

Justin Timberlake provided the half-time entertainment in an impressive display from the pop star out on the field

Timberlake emerges among the fans as he relishes his Super Bowl performance in the traditional half-time show on Sunday

Timberlake emerges among the fans as he relishes his Super Bowl performance in the traditional half-time show on Sunday

The US Bank Stadium was lit up in honour of the late Minnesota native Prince as Timberlake's performance paid tribute

The US Bank Stadium was lit up in honour of the late Minnesota native Prince as Timberlake’s performance paid tribute

Rookie Eagles running back holds the ball aloft after catching a touchdown in the third quarter - confirmed after review

Rookie Eagles running back holds the ball aloft after catching a touchdown in the third quarter – confirmed after review

The Patriots fought back with Gronkowski coming up big for New England down the stretch with two huge touchdowns

The Patriots fought back with Gronkowski coming up big for New England down the stretch with two huge touchdowns

The tight end celebrates after his touchdown edged New England back in front following Gostowski's point-after attempt

The tight end celebrates after his touchdown edged New England back in front following Gostowski’s point-after attempt

Foles continued to lead his team down the field and then into the end zone when he connected again with Ertz, who reached for the goal-line and saw the ball bobble up into the air as he went to ground.

At the end of a week where NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had said their catch-no catch rule needed a rethink, the crowd inside US Bank Stadium waited as a lengthy review process commenced.

Once again, the Philly touchdown stood, with Ertz adjudged to have held possession long enough to be deemed a runner, thus scoring the touchdown when he broke the plane.

A missed two-point conversion meant New England were five points adrift with just over two minutes remaining.

That looked like being plenty of time for Brady to engineer another comeback, only for Brandon Graham to strip-sack the veteran and rookie Derek Barnett to recover the fumble.

Elliott’s field goal meant New England needed to score eight points with just over a minute remaining and a failed Hail Mary to Gronkowski as time expired earned Philadelphia victory, despite 505 passing yards from Brady.

Jake Elliott's field goal boomed over to give the Eagles an eight-point lead with a minute left for the Patriots to respond

Jake Elliott’s field goal boomed over to give the Eagles an eight-point lead with a minute left for the Patriots to respond

Brady's final pass attempt is broken up as Gronkowski can't haul in the Hail Mary to confirm New England's 41-33 defeat

Brady’s final pass attempt is broken up as Gronkowski can’t haul in the Hail Mary to confirm New England’s 41-33 defeat

Chance Warmack celebrates on the field as the confetti pours down following the Eagles' brilliant late victory in Minnesota

Chance Warmack celebrates on the field as the confetti pours down following the Eagles’ brilliant late victory in Minnesota

Pederson gets a kiss from his wife Jeannie after upsetting the odds to win Philadelphia's first-ever Super Bowl title

Pederson gets a kiss from his wife Jeannie after upsetting the odds to win Philadelphia’s first-ever Super Bowl title

The coach embraces his quarterback Foles and his young child in the aftermath at Minneapolis' US Bank Stadium

The coach embraces his quarterback Foles and his young child in the aftermath at Minneapolis’ US Bank Stadium

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