Philadelphia Eagles defeated defending champions New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII to claim the first ever Lombardi Trophy in franchise’s history.
The Eagles, led by their backup quarterback Nick Foles, produced a brilliant offensive display to deny the Patriots a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title.
The National Football Conference champions scored first with a field goal in the first quarter and were ahead 22-12 at the halftime after a scintillating two quarters that included missed extra points and field goals and failed two-point conversion.
However, Patriots managed to dig themselves out of a 25-point hole in last-year’s Super Bowl against Atlanta Falcons, so 10-point deficit at the break was hardly a reason for concern.
New England’s quarterback, four-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski twice in the second half to put Patriots in front midway through the fourth quarter.
But Zach Ertz’s touchdown with just over two minutes remaining put the Eagles into a five-point lead, and defensive end Brandon Graham’s strip-sack on Brady just moments later seemingly put the game beyond the reigning champions.
The Eagles scored a field goal to stretch their lead to eight points with 65 seconds left on the clock, and the Patriots were unable to score on the final drive of the game.
29-year-old Foles finished 28 of 43 for 373 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception, and was named game’s Most Valuable Player. Eagles’ quarterback also caught a pass from tight end Trey Burton on a wild trick play, becoming the first player ever to throw and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
Brady completed 28 of 48 passes for 505 yards - a Super Bowl record - and three TDs; he became the first quarterback in any NFL game to lose after throwing for more than 500 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Eagles and Patriots’ offenses combined for a total of 1,151 yards, a record not just for a Super Bowl but for any regular- or post-season game in NFL history. The Patriots became the first team in NFL history to put up more than 600 yards of offense in a game and lose.
On the other hand, Philadelphia set a new record for the highest number of points conceded by a winning team in the Super Bowl.
The game featured just one punt and one sack, with the latter feat tying the Super Bowl record.
Brady set a new record for most career touchdowns in Super Bowls, with his three scores taking him to 18 in total. LeGarrette Blount won the Super Bowl for the second year in a row but with different teams, having been a part of the Patriots’ victory over the Atlanta Falcons one year ago.
Justin Timberlake headlined the 12-minute long Super Bowl LII halftime show, along with his band ‘The Tennessee Kids’ and featuring the University of Minnesota Marching Band.