Eagles Soar to Championship

Eagles Soar to Championship

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Eagles running back and former Wisconsin Badger Corey Clement celebrates a touchdown in the first half of Super Bowl LII. Photo: Kevin C Cox, Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions!

The Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in the most offensive-minded game in NFL history. The two teams combined for over 1,500 yards of total offense in a thrilling game capped off by a potentially controversial touchdown catch by Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who tumbled into the end-zone over Patriots corner Devin McCourty after McCourty fell down on the play.

The score gave the Eagles a 38-33 lead with a little more than two minutes to play. On the ensuing possession Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham sacked Tom Brady forcing a fumble that the Eagles recovered. The Eagles capitalized on the turnover with a field goal giving them an eight point lead.

Tom Brady, who threw for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns, led the Patriots up the field with less than a minute to play with timely passes to All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. But ultimately the Eagles defense held. The Patriots had one final chance at the buzzer to throw a hail mary, but the Eagles knocked ball away from Gronkowski in the end zone.

Nick Foles, who started in place of injured Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, won Super Bowl MVP and was on target all night long. Foles threw for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns with just 1 interception. Foles is also the only player in history to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl.

Former Wisconsin Badgers running back Corey Clement led the Eagles with 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. Former Badger James White also scored a touchdown.

This is the first Super Bowl title in Eagles franchise history. Former Green Bay Packer Doug Pederson coached the team to an NFL best 13-3 record in just his second season with the team.

Written by Nicholas Garton

Nicholas Garton

Nicholas Garton is a Madison365 graduate and a reporter for Madison365.

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