As the clock struck 00, the NFL gained a new champion and a first-time champion. As many people around the country know, the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 against the all mighty New England Patriots for their first Super Bowl in franchise history and their first overall title in 56 years. With that Super Bowl win, the Eagles can finally join the list of teams who have won a Super Bowl in their franchise history. Doug Pederson is the first head coach to win the Super Bowl within the first two years of his HC career since Mike Tomlin in Super Bowl 43 against the Cardinals.
The list of teams who have not won a Super Bowl drops down to 12 teams now that consist of the Browns, Jaguars, Lions, Texans, Vikings, Bengals, Bills, Panthers, Cardinals, Chargers, Titans, and Falcons. It will be interesting to see who will end their Super Bowl drought next. Most of the teams on that list have the talent to win a championship.
Going into halftime, the Eagles led 22-12 after dabbling in trickeration by having Tret Burton, a backup Tight End, throw a touchdown to QB Nick Foles, who only started three games all year after star young QB Carson Wentz went down with an ACL tear against the Rams back in week 13. Sadly for the Patriots, Tom “Terrific” Brady did not have the same magic that he had last year when he led the Patriots back from 28-3 to win in OverTime, losing this year 41-33 after a missed hail mary attempt to the end the game for the Patriots. The game was effectively over when Brandon Graham, a DE for the Eagles, got the only sack of the game and forced Tom Brady to fumble the ball deep in the Patriots territory, which led to an Eagles field goal to put them up 41-33.
Both QB’s had a tremendous game, but only one could come out victorious and Nick Foles not only led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win, he also won the MVP after he would go 28 for 43 for 373 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interceptions and have 1 reception for 1 yard and 1 touchdown.
As it stands today, the Eagles have the third-best odds for the Super Bowl next year at 17-2 just behind the Patriots who sit at 7-2 odds and the Packers of Greenbay who sit at 8-1 odds. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles do following their championship win. With this loss, the Patriots are tied for the most Super Bowl loses with the Denver Broncos with 5 Super Bowl loses.
Here is to the 31 other teams trying to deny the Eagles of their second straight championship, but no matter what the Eagles earned this championship and had a great year.