Super Bowl LII was the perfect combination of the predictable and the unexpected. We knew the Patriots defense might struggle, we knew that the Patriots offense would not and we could have bet that a pivotal moment would come down to vagaries of the NFL catch rule. What we didn’t know was that New England would be denied its sixth Super Bowl despite breaking the record for most yardage gained. Even more so, we didn’t know that 40-year-old future Hall of Famer and possible NFL GOAT Tom Brady would be outplayed by Nick Foles, Philadelphia’s backup quarterback turned Super Bowl MVP.
It was a categorically strange game in a lot of respects. There was one punt. Both teams missed extra points. Brady dropped a key first-down pass on a trick play. Foles caught a touchdown pass on a decisive fourth down. Ironically, the game in which there was no defense to speak of for 58 minutes was decided when Brandon Graham finally got to Brady and forced a fumble. It was the first sack of the game by either team. After padding their lead to 8 points, the Eagles could finally rejoice when a last ditch Hail Mary dropped in the end zone. The city of Philadelphia could finally celebrate. It’s been a long time coming.
Thank you for joining us. Per FiveThirtyEight live blog tradition, here are our fake headlines from tomorrow’s papers from tonight’s staff:
Kyle (for the Philly papers): Has Anyone Seen The Mayor’s Pants?
Neil (Philly): FOLES IS GOD
Geoff: Wentz: Foles Was An Amazing Short-Term Option, Right? Right?
Tony (Philly): Rocky Statue Replaced With Foles
Andrea (Philly): We’re Better Than That Other City That Is Also Near New York But Thinks It’s Great
Meena (Boston): There’s Always Last Year
Walt (Boston): Dynasty Ends As Heads Defeats Tails In Dramatic Coin Flip
Ty (Boston): “They Never Should Have Let Vinatieri Leave” by Bob Ryan
Micah (Philly): AT LAST!
Neil (Boston): Pats Robbed On Multiple Questionable Calls
Tony (Boston): Local Cat Found
No wonder the Eagles won. They gained the magic number of total net yards: 538.
Anyone else mostly excited that someone just said the phrase “grande jeté” on national television? Just me?
Hey, thanks for watching, don’t forget, Olympics start this week. We haven’t mentioned that yet tonight.
Neil, do you think we can expense a trip to the parade?
True. When you don’t care, you get greedy.
Lots of ways for Eagles haters to accept this win. For one, Carson Wentz will never, ever play a season in peace.
That was a pretty great moment anyway, Geoff.
100 percent Foles MVP.
Nick Foles MVP?
Or Brady looking for Moss up the right sideline in 07, Geoff.
Oh my, that was close. That’s like the Gordon Hayward halfcourt shot that rimmed out against Duke. Great moments in sports that never happened.
No GM has EVER won a coach/GM power struggle the way Howie Roseman did and cashed in like this. His coach, his players, his way.
Now to destroy the city of Philadelphia in celebration!
I honestly don’t remember a Super Bowl that ended on a Hail Mary attempt.
Gronk almost Gronked the Pats out of the Super Bowl. Cutting inside there was death-defying.
I don’t really follow football and am extremely tense right now. I can’t imagine how actual fans survive this stuff.
This drive looks a loooot different if Hogan makes that catch on the first play.
I don’t get that protection by the Pats last series. They’re rubbing their tight ends off the line instead of having them protect, and Eagles were getting there with four.
Two much real estate in front of them for those kinds of plays.
The Eagles pass rush has really shown up in these last two minutes.
But even if it is clean, it’s only Burkhead you are giving it to.
So I guess the call was bad, because of course the kick was going to be shallow.
I think the call was fine, but they hadn’t practiced it on such a shallow kick.
Wow, what a bad call that was.