BY KYLE NELSON
NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles, led by quarterback Nick Foles, battled it out against the AFC champion New England Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady, in the NFL’s Super Bowl LII (52) at the U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Philadelphia (16-3), went from 7-9 last season turned heads when they won the NFC east championship. The Patriots (15-4) seemed ready to take their sixth championship with Brady and coach Bill Belichick in eight Super Bowls. Brady threw for a game record 505 yards and three touchdowns.
For the first time since 1960, the Eagles are the NFl champions.
Backup quarterback Nick Foles led the drive of his career, Zach Ertz made a game saving touchdown catch in the final minutes and the exhausted Eagles defense stopped two intense drives by the Patriots in the final moments. All in all, the Eagles took the win 41-33 over New England last Sunday.
In the first quarter, Jeffrey caught a 35-yard touchdown from Foles giving the Eagles a 9-3 lead. Bount grabbed the Eagles’ a second touchdown with a run straight between the Patriots defence to put them up two possessions and set the score to 15-3. On the next possession, the Patriots responded with another Gostkowski field goal and a 26-yard touchdown run by James White, bringing new England to the three yard line with 2:04 remaining in the first half. Nick Foles then dropped a touchdown pass to Trey Burton who would bring the Eagles lead to 22-12 by halftime.
At the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, Justin Timberlake made viewers remember why pop music is spiraling downward with his new music while providing a nostalgic glimpse into his sound of the past.
Timberlake performed up and down the field of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis but only really rocked the house when he performed his old hits. The entire first half of the performance was plagued by track and vocal issues and the live band accompaniment drowned out the sound of Timberlake’s voice for most of the concert. Fitted with a camo suit and an orange bandana, he sported an odd look that seemed to reference his new album “Man of The Woods.”
Timberlake began his performance with his new song “Filthy,” a light mix with a falsetto reminiscent of older Timberlake songs. After “Filthy,” Timberlake moved into “Rock Your Body,” which was his first major hit and a song he also played in the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. He followed this with a collection of his most popular hits like “SexyBack,” “Mirrors” and “Cry Me a River.” During the performances of “I Would Die For You” and “Until the End of Time,” a massive projection behind Timberlake honored musical legend Prince, who died in 2016.
The second half started off slow for both teams. Each team continued to attempt long drives down the field but could not get anywhere. The Patriots tried a trick play where Brady pitched the ball to Danny Amendola who then threw it back to Brady in an attempt to earn a few years for a first down. Brady could not hang get his hands on the ball and the drive was left incomplete. Gronkowski scored his first touchdown of the game The Eagles held their lead. Gronkowski scored his first touchdown of the game before Eagles’ receiver Corey Clement regained the 10-point lead. Brady threw his second touchdown pass of the quarter to Hogan just before the end of the third, closing in on the Eagles’ lead, making the score 29-26. In the start of the the fourth, the Patriots took the lead from the Eagles after Brady dropped another touchdown pass to Gronkowski, leading the Eagles 33-32. In response, midway through the fourth Foles sent a pass to tight end Zach Ertz who then bobbled a the ball into the endzone. The absolute most crucial play of the game came from Eagles’ defensive end Brandon Graham who sacked Tom Brady and then gave Jake Elliott the opportunity to kick a 46-yard field goal for the Eagles, giving them a crucial lead at the very end of the game.
Final score: 41-33
Photo courtesy of Tony Webster