Super Bowl 52 Recap


Matt Belinson, Sports Editor

 The NFL got the whole world to pay attention on Sunday, February 2nd. The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the world with an estimated 2 billion people watching. This year’s game saw a familiar face along side a so called “underdog.”

     The Philadelphia Eagles played the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This time, the New England Patriots were going for their record sixth super bowl title in the last ten years.

     “On that side of the field, they now how to win at a consistent basis,” said Jason Peters, all-pro tackle for the Eagles.

     The game began with trading field goals, as both teams drove down the field with quick drives filled with passes down the gridiron.

     The Eagles then exploded for 21 unanswered points to take the lead into the half. The Patriots and Eagles combined for 45 points in the first half.

      “Once we go to the locker room, we all knew we had to keep up our intensity, otherwise they would be champs again,” said Peters.

     Tom Brady, the 40 year old NFL regular season MVP, started to lead New England back from a 15 point deficit. Brady went 20-24 in the second half, throwing for 275 yards and two touchdowns. His trusty tight end, Rob Gronkowski helped his team’s efforts by catching two touchdowns in the second half and receiving 100 yards. Brady wasn’t enough, as the Patriots gave up two late fourth quarter scores to the birds. New england threw up a last second prayer at the end of the game to tie the game.

     Brady’s pass descended into the arms of his wide-eyed receivers. The ball bounced around and eventually fell to the turf, causing the ball to be incomplete. A stadium filled with Philly fans erupted with excitement, as they were witnessing the first Super Bowl title for the Eagles in franchise history. Nick Foles, the game’s MVP, threw for 356 yards, three touchdowns and led his team back to the top of the league.

     “I heard my doubters, and I hope they heard me tonight, Philly hears me,” said Foles.

     Foles was a long time backup for the Rams and Eagles, who many saw as a just and backup for life. Foles got his shot this year when Carson Wentz tore his ACL in the divisional round of the playoffs. Wentz was the franchise quarterback, and once he went down, many thought Philly would have to wait till next season to taste victory. Foles showed up.

     Nick Foles and his teammates of underdogs led the Eagles to the top of the league, where many doubted they would ever be.