Eagles win Super Bowl LII

The official logo for Super Bowl fifty-two which took place at the U.S. Bank stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Vikings.

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The official logo for Super Bowl fifty-two which took place at the U.S. Bank stadium in Minneapolis, home of the Vikings.

Dallen Cameron, Sports Editor

Super Bowl LII started with Pink singing the National Anthem while battling the flu.

According to the Associated Press, no players knelt or sat during the National Anthem. This year’s Super Bowl had the  American Football Conference (AFC) Champions New England Patriots (15-3) facing off against the National Football Conference (NFC) Champions Philadelphia Eagles (15-3). The Super Bowl was played in the U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The NFL selected the site on May 20, 2014.

 The Eagles finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, they were granted the NFC’s number one overall seed. It was a substantial improvement for the team under second-year head coach Doug Pederson, as the Eagles had finished previous season with a 7–9 record.  The Eagles stomped to the top of the NFC with a 10-2 record, but suffered a major setback on December 10, when Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL tear and was replaced by veteran backup quarterback Nick Foles.

The Patriots entered the 2017 NFL season as defending Super Bowl champions, finishing the regular season with a record of 13–3, they were granted the AFC’s number one overall seed. The Patriots were led by star veteran quarterback Tom Brady.

Super Bowl LII was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX.

New England won the opening coin toss and elected to receive the ball in the second half. The Eagles opened with a long time-consuming drive of seven minutes and resulted in a 25-yard field goal, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead. The drive was controlled by the arm of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who went 6-for-9 for 61 yards and completed passes to five different receivers.

The Patriots responded with a drive of their own, almost with the exact same results, Tom Brady went 6-for-8 for 60 yards to four different receivers. The Patriots settled for Stephen Gostkowski’s 26-yard field goal, tying the game at 3–3. The game’s first touchdown was scored by the Eagles on the next drive, taking only three plays: a short pass from Foles to Nelson Agholor, a 36-yard run up the middle by Blount, and a 34-yard touchdown pass from Foles to Jeffery to the left side of the field. The ensuing extra point missed, leaving the score at 9–3.

The Patriots came away empty-handed on the next drive, as Gostkowski missed a 26-yard field goal attempt after holder Ryan Allen mishandled the snap. New England’s defense forced the game’s only punt on the next drive. On the following drive, third down from near mid-field, the Patriots attempted a trick play that involved two handoffs and a pass down field to Brady. Brady was open but dropped the throw from Danny Amendola. Patriots went for it on fourth down, and a pass intended for tight end Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete, giving the Eagles the ball on their own 35-yard line on a turnover-on-downs.The first half resulted in numerous Super Bowl records from both teams, including most total yards combined 673. This was also the first time two quarterbacks had thrown for over 200 yards in the first half of a Super Bowl, with Brady throwing for 276 and Foles throwing for 215.

In the fourth quarter, Foles threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to  Zach Ertz with 2:21 remaining in the game. The play was held up on review, as Ertz lost the ball after touching the ground in the endzone; it was however determined that he established himself as a runner and also maintained control of the ball as he broke the plane of the goal line. However, a failed two-point conversion left the Eagles with a 38–33 lead. On the Patriots’ next drive, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady on the drive’s second play for the first sack of the game for either team. Defensive end Derek Barnett of the Eagles recovered the ball,  Elliott then kicked a 46-yard field goal, putting Philadelphia ahead by eight points, with the score at 41–33. Brady reached the 49-yard line, and with only 9 seconds remaining, he threw a Hail Mary pass to the endzone as time expired, but it fell incomplete. The Eagles won their first-ever Vince Lombardi Trophy.