MINNEAPOLIS – Backup quarterback Nick Foles outdueled five-time champion Tom Brady in a record-setting shootout between the QBs to guide the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl title, following a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The pair combined for 1,151 yards, the most in any modern NFL game.
Foles, who went 28-for-43 on completed passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns, including finding Zach Ertz from 11-yards for the score that sealed the win.
He also caught a pass for a touchdown pass in what was the play of the game at the end of the first half to wrap up a sensation performance.
Foles, who won the Super Bowl MVP honor, is now 3-1 in career starts in the postseason.
“We’ve played this game since we were little kids, we dreamed about this moment,” Foles said. “There’s plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment and someday will be here.”
“I felt calm. I mean, we have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” added Foles. “We felt confident coming in, and we just went out there and played football.”
Philadelphia led for most of the game and went into the halftime break leading 22-12.
However, the Patriots rallied to take a 33-32 lead when Rob Gronkowski scored on a 4-yard pass from Brady with 9:22 remaining.
The Eagles, though, never surrendered and after scoring, got a massive break when Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady late in the game and Philadelphia went on to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history.
“For us, it was all about one stop we had to make. We went out here and made that one stop,” Graham said.
Brady, attempting to win his sixth Super Bowl title, went 28-for-48 on completed passes with three touchdowns, while breaking his own Super Bowl record for most passing yards with 505 yards.
Prior to the final two series, the 40-year-old picked apart the Eagles, but the underdogs made sure that there wouldn’t be a repeat of last year’s comeback by New England.
Running back LeGarrette Blount, who was winning back-to-back Super Bowl titles after lifting the crown with the Patriots last year, ran 14 time for 90 yards and a touchdown, while Corey Clement had four catches for 100 yards and a touchdown for Philadelphia.
For the Patriots, Rob Gronkowsk caught nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, Chris Hogan had six catches for 128 yards and a score, while Danny Amendola pulled down eight catches for 152 yards in the defeat.