Eagles Defeat Patriots at the Super Bowl

Ethan Murga

Chronicle Reporter

It had seemed to be almost too good to be true, on a cold 34 degree night, when Tom Brady fumbled the ball, resulting in a victory for the underdog team the Eagles. The Super Bowl was played on Feb. 4, in a closed U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The whole state, most importantly the Philadelphia native citizens, had been waiting for this moment since their (13-3) season ended. While the Patriots fans had accustomed themselves to being at this stage often. The two battled it out in a hard-fought, Gatorade filled and extremely intense game. The Eagles would take a 41-33 victory over the established yet dominant Patriots.

Prior to the game, the Eagles had been arguably the most dominant team in the NFC. In one of the most exciting games of the season with two groups of promising young players, a future candidate for the MVP went down. It had been extremely nerve wracking when Carson Wentz was taken to the locker room and even more upsetting when the Eagles had announced some of the worst news possible: Wentz had torn his ACL and was out for the rest of the season.

The Eagles quickly relied on Second-String Quarterback, Nick Foles whom produced to have been reliable.

The Patriots have been well used to the stage before. The Patriots had struggled the beginning games of the season with a controversial 40-year-old Quarterback starting and an inconsistent defense. The Patriots quickly overcame struggles early in the season finding their way into a (13-3) record.

The Eagles had a dominant championship game. The Eagles would play arguably the best well-rounded defense in the league, the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings having had the chance to be the first team to play the Super Bowl at home. Although it was a pleasant sight, the Eagles would dominate the Vikings in a 38-7 victory.

The Patriots are familiar to championship games. After having a hot start with a great defense and young players with a bright future the Jaguars quickly took the lead. At a 14-10 lead at half time for the Jaguars, Tom Brady realized he would not go down without a fight. Fueling his team to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jaguars.

The Stage was set, Justin Timberlake was the half time show host and two dominant teams were in one of the biggest games and consoderably, the most special day in their life. The Eagles received the ball with a hot start. As they quickly took the lead 9-3 in the first half it seemed it was too good to be true for the underdogs. With one of the most special plays having gone down in Super Bowl history, Nick Foles called a trick play of which he caught to give the Eagles the lead over the Patriots 22-12 before heading to the locker room. Tom Brady would familiarize himself with the situation in order to focus. Coming off of a regenerizing half time, Tom Brady was ready to fuel a comeback. Outscoring the Eagles 14-7 in the third quarter put the game at 29-26 slightly in favor of the Eagles. Eagles would get a kick to put them up 32-26 with almost a full quarter left. As the pair does best, Brady and Rob Gronkowski connect for an 11-yard touchdown, putting the Patriots up 33-32. Zach Ertz would have a controversial call in his favor over the touchdown that put the Eagles up 38-32. As the Patriots got the ball back Tom Brady would try to work his magic just before being strip sacked, or fumbled by Derek Barnett. As Nick Foles led the team to being short of the end zone the Eagles completed a kick putting the underdogs up 41-33. While Tom Brady had seconds short of a minute, Brady struggled to complete a hail mary as the clock ran down with no Patriots receiver having come down with the football in the end zone.

For the Eagles fans, for the underdogs, for the city, for Carson Went and Rocky it was simply too good too be true.

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