The Philadelphia Eagles appeared destined for the Super Bowl early in the season with their unstoppable offense and extremely tough defense, but everything completely changed for the team when quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14. Losing a MVP-caliber quarterback appeared to be the end of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl hopes, but they just capped off an improbable run in the playoffs with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52.
The uncertainty at the quarterback position put the Philadelphia Eagles into an unprecedented situation. For the first time in NFL history, the team with the league’s best record was considered an underdog in every one of their playoff games. The lack of respect from the general public clearly pushed the Eagles to perform at a high level, which helped them pull off three shocking upset wins on their way to the first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
Nick Foles performed admirably in the first two playoff games for the Eagles, but he played the best game of his career in the Super Bowl. He showed off nerves of steel as he led the team down the field on their opening drive. After both teams traded field goals on their opening drives, Foles quickly connected with Alshon Jeffery for a 34-yard touchdown pass. The Eagles extended their lead with a long touchdown run by LeGarrett Blount halfway through the second quarter.
One of the biggest plays of the game occurred with 34 seconds left in the first half. The Eagles had the ball at the one-yard line when head coach Doug Pederson left the offense on the field on fourth down. Philadelphia subsequently executed a beautiful trick play that saw backup tight end Trey Burton throw a touchdown pass to Nick Foles. The surprise play gave the Eagles a 10-point lead heading into halftime.
The Patriots and Eagles traded scoring drives throughout the entire second half. Philadelphia regained the lead with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter after Foles connected with Zach Ertz on a touchdown pass. Tom Brady looked poised to lead his team to another comeback victory in the Super Bowl, but the Philadelphia defense came up with a big play at the right time. The Eagles essentially sealed the victory with a fumble recovery after their first sack of the game. Nick Foles was rewarded the MVP Award for his great game.