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Tom Brady did all he could, but in the end it wasn't enough.

Despite him throwing for 505 yards, the Philadelphia Eagles came out on top and are Super Bowl champs for the first time, beating the Pats 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.

Early mistakes on offense cost the Patriots big time. Stephen Gostkowski couldn't convert on an extra point and missed a field goal in the first half. They also could not convert on a 4th & 5 near the red zone.

New England's defense was an absolute nightmare from the get-go, giving up 538 total yards and giving up big play after big play all game. The Patriots were especially torched through the air, as Nick Foles passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns. He took home the game's MVP award.

It didn't look good for New England from the get-go, as the Eagles marched down the field and kicked a field goal to open the scoring. Later in the quarter, Foles connected with Alshon Jeffrey for a 34-yard touchdown pass to make it 9-3.

The Patriots made a comeback, though. Down 32-26 in the fourth quarter, Brady hit Rob Gronkowski to give the Patriots a 33-32 lead with just under 10 minutes to play. The Eagles went ahead for good with 2:21 left when Foles connected with Zach Ertz to go up 38-33.

The Patriots wound up fumbling on the next possession, which pretty much sealed the game for Philly, who kicked a field goal to give them an eight-point lead.

For the city of Philadelphia, this is their first championship since the Phillies won the World Series in 2008.

Now begins an interesting offseason for the Patriots. Both Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are expected to take head coaching jobs in Indianapolis and Detroit respectively, and Brady and Bill Belichick will reportedly meet to clear tension in the organization. What becomes of Malcolm Butler, who did not play in this game despite being active? Will Danny Amendola be back? These are questions that will run rampant all offseason.

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Jesse Gaunce 2/04/2018 11:21:00 PM Edit
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