Super Bowl 52 was filled with excitement and scoring. Tom Brady and Nick Foles traded touchdown passes most of the second half, as both teams lit up the scoreboard. But it was ultimately an Eagles defensive play that cost the Patriots another title.
Brady was only sacked once, but it was one of the most costly plays of the game. Brady didn’t look quite as comfortable in the pocket as usual, but he wasn’t given the time to make accurate throws when the game was on the wire.
3. The Patriots lacked offensive balance — When Brady is hot it’s hard to go away from him, but New England needed to kill some clock in the second half and was unable to do so. New England’s drives were short and effective, but its inability to control the game clock hurt in the fourth quarter.
James White led the Patriots’ ground game with 45 yards and a touchdown, while starter Dion Lewis rushed for just 39 yards on nine carries. Brady and Rob Gronkowski tied Joe Montana and Jerry Rice for the most in NFL postseason touchdowns (12) in history. Still, the Patriots needed more out of their rushing attack.
When the high-scoring affair that had just one punt ended, it was a defensive play that helped the Eagles hang on for a 41-33 victory in Super Bowl 52.
Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with 2:09 remaining and rookie Derek Barnett recovered to help the Eagles seal the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
But as great as Brady played, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was just as good. Foles was 28 of 43 for 373 yards and three touchdowns and an interception. Brady’s pass total was the most in NFL postseason history and Foles had the fifth-most yards in a Super Bowl.
2. Doug Pederson left nothing to chance — Pederson definitely coached to win and a pair of gutsy fourth-down calls stood out. After Clement’s 55-yard reception, the Eagles were faced with a fourth-and-goal from the Patriots’ 1-yard line.
“We had just gotten all the way down the field and I wasn’t going to let the offense stop at the 1-yard line,” Pederson told NBC Sports before halftime. “It was a play we were working NHL Hockey Jerseys on the past Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap couple weeks. Our guys executed brilliantly.”