The Philadelphia Eagles took home their first Lombardi Trophy after defeating the fan favorite New England Patriots in football’s biggest night, the Super Bowl LII held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The match between the contenders ended up being one of the coldest games in history in terms of actual weather, but the competition was heated throughout the entire contest. In a very tight game that was not decided until the final play, the two teams treated fans to a high scoring match, with the Eagles coming out on top, 41-33.
“This game has been relentless, just relentless,” said commentator Cris Collinsworth, as a very tight fourth quarter unfolded, with each of the teams trading points.
The Eagles won their first Super Bowl title, snatching from the Patriots what would have been the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl win.
Eagles’ backup quarterback Nick Foles was named the Super Bowl LII Most Valuable Player. Foles played a remarkable game, passing 373 yards, making three touchdown passes, and even receiving to score a touchdown himself.
However, the game’s conclusion would have been much different if not for a momentum-grabbing play by one of the Eagles’ heroes, Brandon Graham. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles defensive tackle was able to break through the touch Patriots wall, rushing hard and reaching with his left hand as Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady was releasing a pass. Graham knocked the ball out of Brady’s hands for the first sack of the game.
The play almost dowsed New England’s hopes of making a comeback, but the stellar Patriots offense did not surrender until the last play, where Brady heaved a half field pass, hoping for a miraculous play. In the end, the pass was not complete, as the clock expired.
Although fans and analysts hailed Brady’s brilliant performance as fitting of an all-time great, the quarterback still came out of the contest feeling broken, saying “losing sucks.”
The entertaining game also saw singer Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show. In one of his numbers, the ‘Man of the Woods’ singer honored the late Prince, a Minneapolis-native, as he sang “I Would Die 4 U” as the entire arena and surrounding area lit up in color purple.