Pinch yourself. Scream, cry, dance, hug your loved ones. The moment Philadelphia fans across the globe have waited decades for finally arrived on February 4th 2018. The Eagles are Super Bowl champions, dethroning the New England dynasty in one of the most incredible Super Bowl’s in history. Here are some quick hitters from the win.
Nick Foles was on fire tonight. The magnitude of the night simply didn’t phase the six-year veteran, who went toe-to-toe with the greatest to ever do it. Completing 28/43 passes, Foles threw for 373 yards and 3 scores…oh and he also caught one. His lone pick was bobbled off the hands of Alshon Jeffery and that says it all. Foles didn’t put a foot wrong…at all. As the pressure ramped up, Foles just increases the level of intensity on third downs, moving the chains effortlessly and slinging dimes across the field all night long. His future may well be up in the air, but for tonight, he’s the Super Bowl MVP.
Every dog has its day:
If you want to talk about underdogs, there may be none greater than Corey Clement. The UDFA out of Wisconsin received for 100 yards out of the Eagles backfield along with a stunning touchdown in the second half. The Eagles relied heavily on their running backs but as the game unfolded and the shootout ensued, finding new ways to get them involved was pivotal and that’s exactly what Pederson did. If Sproles does decide to call it a day, the Eagles may have a future Swiss-army knife on their hands in Clement.
Bend but don’t break:
So the defense wasn’t perfect today, but they didn’t have to be. I don’t think anybody quite expected a 70+ point thriller but through all of the sluggo bites, missed tackles and errors, this defense never gave up. As energy depleted and Tom Brady stepped onto the field again and again, they never strayed from the path. Jim Schwartz allowed over 500 yards in 3 quarters, not exactly an ideal scenario. but when it all came down to it, after Brandon Graham’s landscape changing play on that final Patriots possession, the Eagles stood their ground and sealed the deal…and that’s all they needed to do.
Who was it that said there may be nobody less qualified to be a Head Coach than Doug Pederson? Ah, Michael Lombardi. Well, I don’t think he’ll have too much to say after that performance. Not only did Pederson manage the game and sustain clock draining drives, but through trickery and some of the most ballsy 4th down decisions I have ever witnessed, showing the upmost confidence in his players, Pederson led Foles and the offense to glory. He may not be Belichick, but Doug Pederson deserves every last word of credit coming his way.
The fairytale is complete:
When you wake up in the morning, just know that the Philadelphia Eagles are world champions. The drought is over. It’s finally finished. This team, with their backs to the wall, the odds stacked against them and with everybody writing them off, overcame every last roadblock and obstacle to win it all in the most miraculous way possible. This is just the beginning for the most exciting franchise in the NFL.
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