“GO BIRDS BABY!” echoed down the halls of a very excited Huber 1 last night as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII. Led by a career performance from backup quarterback Nick Foles, the Eagles dominated the majority of the game, taking a 22-12 lead into half time.
Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense attempted to mount a comeback in the second half, briefly taking the lead in the fourth quarter, but Nick Foles’ 3 passing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown along with the Eagles’ defense proved to be too much to overcome. This is the first Super Bowl victory in Eagles history; Foles was named game MVP for his performance.
The Patriots were overwhelming favorites going into the game. Quarterback, Tom Brady, and Head Coach, Bill Belichick, brought their years of experience into the match-up, having won 5 Super Bowls together in their tenure in New England. The duo had more combined post-season wins throughout their careers than Eagles Quarterback, Nick Foles, and Head Coach, Doug Peterson, had regular season wins since they entered the league. The absence of Eagles star quarterback, Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL in week 14 of the regular season against the Los Angeles Rams, also contributed to the underdog role the Eagles played.
Foles, who resigned with the Eagles for the 2017 season to be Wentz’s backup after being a member of the Eagles from 2012-2014, replaced the young star after the injury and never looked back. Despite not being favored in a single of their three playoff wins (two of which were played in Philadelphia), the Birds rallied as a team to overcome and prevail. For the first time in history, the Eagles faithful can call themselves champions.