Super Bowl LII
In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady of the favored New England Patriots, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go. Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33.
Philadelphia 41, New England 33
February 4, 2018
US Bank Stadium
Nick Foles passed for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns, and caught a touchdown pass, as the Eagles earned the first Super Bowl title in franchise history. Foles had started the last three games of the regular season after an injury ended Carson Wentz's season. The teams combined for a Super Bowl record 1,151 yards, including 613 by the Patriots. After an exchange of field goals to open the game, a 36-yard run by LeGarrette Blount set up Foles' 34- yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery. Jake Elliott missed the extra point. On the Patriots' next possession Stephen Gostkowski missed a 26-yard attempt. The Patriots faced fourth-and-5 from the Eagles' 35 a few minutes later, and Tom Brady's pass for Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete. Blount's 21-yard scoring run six plays later was set up by Foles' 19-yard pass to Zach Ertz on third-and-7. Foles' 2-point conversion pass was incomplete, and New England answered with a Gostkowski field goal, an interception by Duron Harmon, and a 26-yard touchdown run by James White. Gostkowski missed the extra point, and a 55-yard pass from Foles to Corey Clement put the Eagles in the red zone. A few plays later, faced with fourth-and-goal from the Patriots' 1 and 38 seconds left in the half, tight end Trey Burton faked a reverse and instead lofted a touchdown pass to Foles for a 22-12 lead. Gronkowski caught 4 passes, including the 5-yard touchdown toss, to open the second half. Foles completed all three of his third-down passes on the next drive, capped by a 22-yard touchdown pass to Clement. Brady answered with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan to pull within 29-26. On the next possession, the Patriots' defense held the Eagles to an Elliott field goal, and 3 Danny Amendola catches on the next drive set up Gronkowski's 4-yard touchdown to give New England the lead for the first time, 33-32, with 9:22 to play. Foles engineered a 14-play drive that took seven minutes, one second off the clock. Ertz caught a 7-yard pass on third-and-6, 2-yard pass on fourth-and-1, and capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown on third-and-7 with 2:21 left for a 38-33 lead. Two plays later, Brandon Graham had the only sack of the game. Brady fumbled and Derek Barnett recovered at the Patriots' 31. Elliott's 46-yard field goal with 1:05 remaining increased the score to 41-33. The Patriots reached their own 49, but Brady's Hail Mary pass was batted down at the goal line as time expired. Foles was 28 of 43 for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. Clement had 4 catches for 100 yards. Brady was 28 of 48 for a Super Bowl record 505 yards and 3 touchdowns. Gronkowski had 9 catches for 116 yards, Amendola had 8 for 152 and Hogan had 6 receptions for 128 yards.
The New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018 at US Bank Stadium.