Eagles dog the Patriots, win first Super Bowl

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, right, hands the Vincent Lombardi trophy to Nick Foles after winning the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

It was a Super Bowl labeled with the result before the game.
Many “experts” claimed the Patriots with victory before the NFC opponent was decided, before the trips to Minnesota, and before the coin toss.

A Philadelphia team that had something to prove since the off season. They were labeled as a 7 to 9 win team and probably placing 3rd in the division, even though they acquired LaGarrette Blount, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
Defensive secondary was ridiculed as a need to improve subject, and coach labeled as a buffoon.
The season certainly started rocky, losing a recently acquired Ronald Darby, losing their second game to what was a very good Chiefs team along with their kicker and losing Darren Sproles in the Giants game week 3.
That Giants game proved special to the team as they trusted the newly acquired kicker Jake Elliott with a 61-yard Field Goal to win the game, it was also a big turn around point.
Winning the next 8 games, including a blowout win over the Broncos and Cardinals and a win over the Panthers but injuries came with that streak as well.
Losing their star tackle Jason Peters and defensive captain Jordin Hicks along with many other key players.
Wentz along with the rest of the team took the league by storm with one of the best defenses in the league and best offenses.

Week 14 they claimed a division title but not without sacrifice, as Carson Wentz tore his ACL and was determined out for the year.
Nick Foles, the lost wonder who almost retired, had to step in and take control of the high flying team.

As the Eagles entered the playoffs in the seed 1 position, they were underdogs and that doesn’t happen so they took that role to heart.
They faced the Falcons as a 3-point underdog, and won.
They faced the Vikings in the NFC Championship as 4-point dogs and simply routed them in a 38-7 victory to claim the NFC and head to the Super Bowl.
As the big game came close the underdog role continued as the Patriots were 4.5-point favorites.

Philadelphia’s opening drive proved how ready this team was, as they marched down field to chip in a field goal for the lead.
Like I said in my predictions earlier, the Patriots needed to avoid a shootout with the Eagles in order to win.
That is exactly was the Patriots fell victim to as the Eagles led the entire game with the Pats inched their way to try and capture the until finally in the fourth quarter.
With 9:22 left in the game and Belichick and Brady seeming like they might take another Super Bowl victory, Doug Pederson did what he did best.
He moved the ball down the field and killed the clock to limit the opposing teams chances, including a 4th and 1 conversion.
Killing exactly 7-minutes off the clock the Eagles Zach Ertz leaped for a touchdown, followed by a failed 2-pt conversion putting the score to 38-33 and Brady in a two minute drill.
On the second play of the drive, the Eagles star linebacker Brandon Graham forced the ball out of Brady’s hand with the Eagles recovering. Philadelphia kicked a field goal for security in case of a miracle play, the worst that could happen is a tie.
Brady having one-minute left in the game couldn’t pull a miracle and the Eagles claimed their first Super Bowl and revenge for 2004-2005.

Congratulations to a team and staff that believed in themselves when no one else did.
Most of all congratulations to a fan base and city often ridiculed as the “worst” but in all fairness are as passionate and loyal as Pats, Bills, or Packers fans.

Eagles fans react during the first half of Super Bowl 52 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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