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Super Bowl LII

Timothy Barbieri, Junior Sports Writer

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Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl LII was definitely one to remember. Although the Patriots were heavy favorites once again this year, the underdog Philadelphia Eagles and backup quarterback Nick Foles came through and won 41-33.

Philadelphia started out the year amazing, but after their starting QB Carson Wentz went down late in the season with a torn ACL, Nick Foles was handed the keys and was expected to keep up the teams current success…and that is exactly what he did.

The first quarter of Super Bowl LII started off slow with a few field goals and missed kicks, but ended when Nick Foles through an absolute dime to Alshon Jeffery from 34 yards out to put the Eagles up 9-3.

Early in the second quarter, Philadelphia added on to their lead, scoring another touchdown by former New England Patriot LeGarrete Blount. The patriots fought back though, they quickly scored a field goal followed by a 26 yard touchdown from James White. But the Eagles were able to add one more touchdown to make it 22-12 heading into halftime by way of a trick play on the goal line that ended with Nick Foles catching a wide-open pass in the corner of the endzone on 4th and Goal.

After Justin Timberlake finished up his halftime show, it was time to start the second half. All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski did just that, scoring a touchdown on the first drive of the second half, thus making the game 22-19. The eagles fired right back with a touchdown of their own from Corey Clement on another 22 yard dime by Foles, which put the Eagles up 29-19. However the Patriots found the end zone once again in the 3rd quarter on a pass from Tom Brady to Chris Hogan from 26 yards out. After three quarter the Eagles were up on the Patriots 29-26.

Jake Elliott started out the 4th quarter with a 42 yard field goal for the Eagles, but the Patriots drove right back down the field and scored with another Gronkowski touchdown. This gave New England their first lead of the game, 33-32. This would be the last time the Patriots score in this game, as Nick Foles drove the Eagles 75 yards down the field and punched it in for a touchdown on a controversial Zach Ertz touchdown on 3rd down from the 11 yard line, the Eagles would go for two and fail and were leading 38-33. On the very next Patriots possession with 2:14 left in the game it was time for Tom Brady to drive the Pats down the field and force overtime, but the Eagles defense had other plans and Brandon Graham was able bring down Tom Brady for the first sack of the game and was also able to strip the ball and force a fumble that the Eagles recovered. The Eagles capitalized off the turnover with a 46 yard field goal. With less than one minute remaining the Patriots were able to drive to midfield and place them in position for a Brady heave to the end zone that was deflected down ending the possibility of a New England win.

Philadelphia Eagles: 41 New England Patriots: 33

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