The Patriots were unable to stop the Eagles from winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history as Philadelphia survived to win 41-33 Sunday in Minneapolis.


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.”

The one inspiring the most optimism is Trubisky.


The Bears demolished the Bengals 33-7, breaking an increasingly ugly five-game losing streak that may well have put the nail in the coffin of coach John Fox or general manager Ryan Pace, or both. There’s no reason for optimism with the franchise except the handful of young players that have arrived NHL Hockey Jerseys the last couple of years.

It’s a wary optimism, considering the bleak history at that position with the Bears and the downward spiral the last four seasons. Plus, there’s the history of potential that takes a minute to be realized, a history repeating itself with him now.

Now, though, says center Cody Whitehair, who has bonded with the man to whom he’s been snapping from the beginning, it’s being realized.

I’ve never really played with young guys before; they’ve always been older players, Whitehair said, noting that in his two seasons his quarterbacks have included Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon. But for Mitch to just come in, to not really know what to expect — the biggest thing about him Wholesale Jerseys is the way he carries himself, the confidence he’s had.

On Jan. 8, Georgia will play Alabama for its first national title in 37 years in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T in Atlanta. Regardless of what happens there, the Bulldogs will never forget what they experienced in their first Rose Bowl victory since 1943.

If it was a measure of heart attack, I’d be on the Richter scale pretty high, Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.

We’ve had too many forgettable games in CFP semifinals the past two seasons. Alabama and Clemson might have produced two memorable national championship games, but the lopsided semifinals left many of us turning away.

We were afraid to blink during the Rose Bowl on Monday. It had everything: the biggest comeback and first overtime in the storied game’s history, plenty of star power, divergent styles and two wildly different halves.

It’s a helluva college football game, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. You know, an epic Rose Bowl.