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The Super Bowl

February 9, 2018

The winner of the 2018 Super Bowl this past Sunday at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was none other than the Philadelphia Eagles. This was their first time ever winning the Super Bowl. The Eagles held off the New England Patriots in a classic game to win 41-33. This was the defending champions, the Patriots, eighth trip to the Super Bowl, with five wins under their belt.

The U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (NFL)

The Eagles previously lost the Super Bowl in 1981 and 2005. Their win topped an amazing season. Most fans thought it was impossible when starting quarterback Carson Wentz, suffered a major injury that ended his season in December. The team, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, gave it their all.

We saw much excitement and a Patriots comeback in the fourth quarter. The Patriots were trailing, 38-33 with 2:21 remaining and a timeout. Not ideal, but still plenty of time for Tom Brady to win. But then the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham made Brady fumble, and linebacker Derek Barnett recovered. This allowed the Eagles to run more time off the clock and add a field goal. The last play was a risky Hail Mary attempt by Brady to Rob Gronkowski in the end zone. But, multiple Eagles players were guarding him and knocked the ball down, allowing the Philadelphia Eagles and their fans to celebrate the team’s 41-33 win.

The last play of the Super Bowl. (NFL)

Nick Foles was named the Super Bowl MVP with a total of four touchdowns. He made history as the first player to throw and catch a touchdown in the Super Bowl. He also became the first quarterback to start the season as a backup quarterback, and win the Super Bowl since Tom Brady. Foles had 373 passing yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. When receiving the MVP honor, Foles said, “There’s plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment, someday will be here, and to be here with my daughter, my wife and my family, my teammates, this city…. we’re very blessed.”

Nick Foles holding the Lombardi trophy. (NFL)

Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Doug Pederson commented on his emotions after winning the Super Bowl, saying, “It hasn’t really sunk in, but I’m so excited for that locker room. For Mr. Lurie to give me the opportunity to coach this team, and then everything that we’ve been through this season, to get to this point – a lot of people counted us out – but that locker room believed, believed in each other, believed in me. I have a great staff and great players, and we found a way to get it done.” When asked what this victory meant to him and the city of Philadelphia, “Obviously it’s rewarding to win the Super Bowl and lead these guys, but listen, my hat is off to the staff, to the ownership, to the players, to the fans. Our fans have been waiting a long time for this, and Mr. Lurie has been waiting a long time for this, and I’m so excited to be a part of it and obviously bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Philadelphia. I just can’t wait to get back there and celebrate with our fans.”

The Philadelphia Eagles coach, Doug Pederson, hugs the New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. (NFL)

We can all agree that this was an intense, well played game. When asked what surprised them the most in the game, Weber sophomore Jeremy Seir said, “What surprised me the most was how close the game was and the amazing play by the Eagles in which Foles caught a touchdown.”

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