Super Bowl LII

Staff Writer: Matthew Sanchez

Super Bowl LII was between NFC champions Philadelphia Eagles, and AFC champions New England Patriots. The Patriots were favored by 4.5 points. Tom Brady and the Patriots looked to win their second Super Bowl in a row and three out of the last four. The Eagles were led by backup quarterback, Nick Foles. The Eagles looked to win their first Lombardi trophy. The Patriots and the Eagles both finished the regular season with a 13-3 record. The Eagles defense, led by safety Malcolm Jenkins, and a very strong defensive line and a good run defense. On the offensive side, they have two strong running backs in, LeGarrette Blunt and Jay Ajayi, and receivers Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery. It was a very close game the whole way with a lot of offense, having only 1 punt. Andrew Andon, Woodstock junior said, “I was so excited for this game and I thought we were going to win but the Eagles had a good game.”

The Eagles won the toss and chose to receive and drove down the field quick but ended up settling for a field goal. Then on the next drive the Patriots drove down the field and Jenkins made a big stop for the Eagles to force a field goal to tie the game. To end the first quarter, Nick Foles led a 3-play drive that ended in a 34-yard pass to Jeffery. The quarter ended 9-3 after the Eagles missed an extra point.

After stopping the Patriots on their first drive, the Eagles had a 6-play, 65-yard drive that ended in a 21-yard touchdown by Blount. They went for 2 and got stopped so the scored stayed at 15-3. Then the Patriots started to come back after a 45-yard field goal and 26-yard touchdown run by James White. Then after a missed extra point they were down 15-12. After a quick 70-yard drive the Eagles ran a very impressive trick play. After Foles called an audible and lined up behind the right end, they snapped the ball to the running back, then tossed it to Trey Burton who threw it to Foles in the end zone. No one saw it coming and it was a huge game changing play at the end of the half. The final score of the first half was 22-12, shocking everyone, but they knew it wasn’t over after the Patriots comeback against the Falcons in the previous year. Connor Ahrens, Woodstock junior and a big Patriots fan, says “It wasn’t the best first half, but I knew Belichick’s halftime message would motivate them to victory. But I was wrong.”

The Patriots got the ball to start the second half. Brady connected with Gronkowski on the first drive to make the score 22-19. On the next drive the Eagles had a 11-play 85-yard drive that ended in a controversial touchdown. Foles hit Corey Clement in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown that was questionable if he got 2 feet in bounds with possession of the ball. The call was upheld, and the score became 29-19. Then on a quick 7-play, 75-yard drive, Brady connected with Chris Hogan to bring it within a field goal. The 26-yard touchdown was the final score of the 3rd quarter.

In the first drive the Patriots got a huge stop to hold the Eagles to a field goal to keep it at a one possession song. After a five-minute drive Brady connected with Gronkowski for a 4-yard touchdown, to take their first lead of the game. With 9 minutes left in the game, the Eagles try to have a long drive to take the lead and not give Brady time. After a 7-minute drive Foles connected with Ertz for a 11-yard touchdown that was very controversial. He caught the ball, took two steps and crossed the goal line then lost the ball. The call was upheld and after a missed two-point conversion the Eagles led by 5. With 2 minutes and 21 seconds left, Tom Brady looked to get his 6th game winning in the Super Bowl, to win his 6th Super Bowl. Just 12 seconds into the drive, Brandon Graham sacks Brady and forces a fumble. The Eagles think they have won the game. The Patriots stopped them to a field goal and still had 1 minute and 8 seconds to tie the game. They needed a field goal and the 2-point conversion to tie the game at 41. After getting to the 50-yard line, the Patriots had one last chance. Brady scrambled out of the pocket and threw a long pass to Gronkowski in the end zone. Everyone’s hearts beating, and the Eagles D survives and hits the ball down. The Philadelphia Eagles have won the Super Bowl. Their first super bowl in franchise history. Kyrsten Brader, Woodstock junior and big Eagles fan said, “It was a crazy game and me and my family were so happy.” And Will Callahan, another junior and just a football fan in general said, “It was an amazing game, but I was so happy when the Patriots finally lost.”

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