February, 2018

For the first time, the Eagles are Super Bowl champions, knocking off the New England Patriots 41-33 at US Bank Stadium. It was an improbable run for the Eagles - especially for their quarterback, Nick Foles. He was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns. "To be on the podium with my wife Tori and my daughter Lily, I mean that's what it's about," Foles said. "We're Super Bowl champs, but time does stop when you look in your daughter's eyes and you get to celebrate this moment." Despite being the top seed in the NFC, the Eagles weren't favored in any of their games this postseason. They had lost their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, to a torn ACL in December. In his place was Foles, who had pondered retirement in 2016 after his release from the Rams. He had one of the best games of his life this sunday. Foles, in his second stint with Philadelphia at age 29, became the first player in NFL history to throw for and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl. The reception, the first of his career, came on a gutsy call. With 38 seconds left in the first half, the Eagles elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal. Four seconds later, Foles hauled in the 1-yard catch from tight end Trey Burton, and the Eagles led 22-12 after the extra point by Jake Elliott. The name of the play: "Philly special." The Patriots clawed back, taking a 33-32 lead on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski with 9:22 remaining.But with 2:21 to go, Foles found Zach Ertz for the diving go-ahead score, a play that was scrutinized by replay officials and was ultimately confirmed. Foles is the first backup quarterback to win a Super Bowl since Brady did it in the 2001 season. His efforts denied a sixth Super Bowl title for the Patriots, who would have tied the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most of all time.

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