Eagles soar to the top with 41-33 Super Bowl win

Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffery celebrates his touchdown catch from quarterback Nick Foles. Eagles 9-3

MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Foles threw the go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go and the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl by outscoring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night.

 

The most prolific playoff game in terms of combined yardage in NFL history was then decided on a defensive play when Brandon Graham stripped Tom Brady and rookie Derek Barnett recovered with 2:09 to play to set up a field goal by Jake Elliott and prevent another late Super Bowl comeback by the Patriots.

Foles, the Eagles’ backup star, throw for 373 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass.

The Eagles blew a 12-point lead in the high-scoring matchup before rallying behind their backup quarterback who will go down in Philadelphia lore after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and catching another on a fourth-down trick play to give the Eagles their first championship since 1960.

Ertz beat Devin McCourty on a quick-in route and held the ball in front of him as he drove for the goal line. The ball went over the goal line and popped out of Ertz’s hands as he hit the ground.

The ruling was upheld on review, with referee Gene Steratore saying Ertz possessed the ball as a runner before the ball went across the goal line.

It was the 13th scoring possession out of 18 in the game, and the teams had more than 1,100 yards total offense after the score. The previous Super Bowl record was 929 combined yards.

Brady and the New England Patriots have taken their first lead in the first 1,000-yard Super Bowl.

Brady threw his second touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski and third overall, and Stephen Gostkowski’s PAT kick gave the Patriots a 33-32 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter.

 

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