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Foles Plays Key Role As Eagles Defeat Patriots In Super Bowl LII

by Daniel Gerbick on Monday, February 5th, 2018

nick foles philadelphia eagles super bowlNick Foles played his best game in the biggest stageĀ of his career as he passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Lombardy trophy in franchise history with a shocking 41-33 victory in Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots.

Foles, who was never even supposed to be in this role at the start of the season, completed 65 percent of his passes to earn a 106.1 quarterback rating and the MVP award. Foles, who almost quit football two seasons ago and spent last season backing up quarterback Carson Wentz, managed to earn a +100 passer rating in four postseason starts.

His 373 yards are third-most in a Super Bowl win in NFL history. He also had a 156.3 passer rating on third down

Foles played very few snaps this season before taking over in week 14 after Wentz down with a season-ending injury and in Super Bowl LII he had a performance for the ages as he even caught a touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton (who played quarterback in college for theĀ Florida Gators) to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead in the second quarter.

With that play, Foles became the first player in NFL history to both throw and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl game.

Running backs LeGarrette Blunt (14 carries, 90 yards, 1 TD) and Corey Clement (4 receptions, 100 yards, 1 TD) also contributed heavily to the victory over Brady, Belichick and the rest of the Patriots.

For New England, three different receivers finished with over 100 yards receiving as Tom Brady finished with 505 passing yards, the most in a single Super Bowl game.

Brady completed 28 of 48 passes which were directed primarily towards three targets: Rob Gronkowski (9 receptions, 116 yards, 2 TDs), Chris Hogan (6 receptions, 128 yards, 1 touchdown) and Danny Amendola who also had a huge game (8 receptions, 152 yards) although he did not find the end zone

Brady thus broke a record that he set last year against the Falcons. In the Patriots’ 34-28 win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, Brady threw for 467 yards.

The game was an offensive extravaganza as both teams combined for a record 1,151 total yards, 874 passing, which is also a record, seven passing TDs and 93 total passing attempts.

 

 

 

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