The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions at last
With a backup quarterback at the helm, the gritty team pulled off three consecutive upset victories. Relive all the highlights:
OF ALL the platitudes so often heard about American football, arguably the most prevalent is that “defence wins championships”. Never has that cliché proved less apt than it did on February 4th, when the Philadelphia Eagles won the first Super Bowl title in their history with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots. Although the two teams allowed the fourth- and fifth-fewest points among the National Football League’s (NFL) 32 teams in the regular season, neither club’s defence bothered to show up to the marquee event on America’s sporting calendar.
The game produced so many eye-popping statistics that no single one could do it justice. Combined, the two teams’ offences gained 1,151 yards—the most ever in an NFL game, including both regular-season and playoff contests. Tom Brady, the Patriots’ quarterback, who is widely regarded as the greatest player in the history of the sport, broke his own Super Bowl record by passing for 505 yards. Nick Foles (pictured), his counterpart for the Eagles who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), was almost as prolific, throwing for 373 yards. Moreover, Philadelphia’s running backs shredded the Patriots for 164 rushing yards, registering a beefy 6.1 yards per carry. The two teams combined for just one punt, also a Super Bowl first. Every other drive ended in a score, a turnover (both teams had one), a missed field goal (the Patriots missed an easy one, due to a botched snap) or the end of a half.