Brandon Graham’s strip-sack of Tom Brady earned the Philadelphia Eagles their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Final score turned out 41-33 in favor of Nick Foles’ squad.

  • Philadelphia Eagles 41 (3-0)
  • New England Patriots 33 (2-1)
  • Super Bowl 52
  • U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

It has finally happened. For the first time in franchise history, the Philadelphia Eagles have captured the Super Bowl. For the first time since 1960 when they handed Vince Lombardi his only playoff loss, the Birds are NFL champions.

Nick Foles and the Eagles defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots by the final of 41-33 in Super Bowl 52.

In this wild affair that featured 1,151 total yards of offense, the Eagles standard four-man pass rush kept coming and coming. Philly’s defense mirrored what Tom Coughlin’s New York Giants did in New England’s only two Super Bowl defeats prior. They kept coming and were relentless, yet the only sack of the game is what really brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Broad St.

Down five on their own side with just 2:21 to go in regulation, edge man Brandon Graham made the play of his life. He strip-sacked Brady en route to providing the Eagles the eight-point lead late.


Rookie Jake Elliot calmly drilled the 46-yard field goal and Brady and company, though they fought to get to mid-field including a big 4th-and-10 play to Danny Amendola, saw one final Hail Mary pop up and harmlessly fall to the ground.

The reason New England needed to fight back late was due to this Nick Foles to Zach Ertz slant that regained the lead for Philly after the Pats had taken their first lead of the game just a drive prior.

Early on, this one was all Eagles. They scored first and also put up the first touchdown courtesy of a sensational Alshon Jeffrey beauty. Philly enjoyed leads of 15-3 early in the second quarter and a 22-12 mark at halftime.

Both rushing attacks went for well over 100 yards and both passing attacks couldn’t be stopped. It was an offensive bonanza, yet the only turnover of the night turned out to be one of the greatest plays in Eagles history.

A key point in this one came near the end of the first half when Doug Pederson opted for a fourth-down try that’ll go down in Super Bowl history.

On the other side, Brady and the Pats came up short with a similar play.

And interestingly enough, the Pats, as many times as they were fortunate to be on the right side of the “catch rule” call this season, were shut out twice on touchdown replays and the biggie was the Ertz game-winning touchdown.

The Super Bowl MVP turned out to be Nick Foles, the man who almost retired. Foles owned the Pats defense and played mistake-free football. He finished with 373 yards and three touchdowns to just one interception.

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Brady tallied a cool 500 yards through the air to go along with three touchdowns and no interceptions on 28-for-48 passing. Danny Amendola snagged eight balls for 152 yards while Rob Gronkowski went for 116 and two touchdowns on nine receptions.

For Philly, their receivers were excellent all night. Nelson Agholor went for 84 yards on nine catches. Young Corey Clement also came up huge with four catches for 100 yards. On the ground, LeGarrette Blount finished with a game-high 90 yards in addition to one score in the first half.

Without young Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles reminded so many of the 1990 New York Giants with Jeff Hostetler. Thirty-one NFL franchises will now be chasing Doug Pederson and the Eagles.

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