Super Bowl Recap: Underdogs defeat undisputed

Austin Troutman / Sports Editor

 

Super Bowl 52 can be summarized in one word: redemption.

The matchup in Minnesota was a battle of the underdogs and the undisputed.

This time around, however, the Super Bowl had a little bit more on the line for both teams.

In the sixth Super Bowl rematch, New England was looking to accomplish what only one other team has done, win six Super Bowl titles.

On the other side, the underdog Eagles without Carson Wentz was looking for its first title in franchise history against the team that beat them in Super Bowl 39.

Previously, four of the past five Super Bowl rematches saw repeat champions.

Everything was in the favor of New England before the ball was kicked, even the coin toss.

However, there was still a game to be played in Minneapolis.

Nick Foles and Tom Brady put together an offensive showing quite like any other in Super Bowl history.

This game included the most yards and second-most points in the history of NFL championship games.

Interestingly, three combined missed kicks highlighted the first half as both teams went into the locker room after a 22-12 Philadelphia lead.

Both teams stepped aside as Justin Timberlake came out for his halftime performance that included lights, selfies and a thoughtful tribute to Prince.

Also, two high-risk plays from both squads featuring the quarterback acting like a wide receiver worked for Philadelphia to add seven points.

Foles became the first QB in Super Bowl history to catch a touchdown pass, and it came on a crucial 4th and goal play.

With 2:16 to play and the Eagles up by five, defense put pressure on Brady, causing him to fumble the ball.

Philadelphia recovered the football and added a field goal to stretch the lead to eight with about a minute to go.

New England needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game and force overtime for the second consecutive year.

The final play attempt was a deep pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski, but the play was broken up, allowing the Eagles to claim its first title in franchise history.

After the confetti rained down in U.S. Bank Stadium, Nick Foles collected the Super Bowl MVP award, beating the Patriots 41-33.

Philadelphia fans everywhere could celebrate for the first time, as the Eagles became the 20th franchise in the NFL to win the Super Bowl.

The biggest underdogs in football history pulled off the upset of the decade in Super Bowl 52.

2017-18’s presentation of the NFL’s championship game could be considered as one of the greatest ever.

Lead changes, coaching strategy and a wild ending make this game an instant classic.

Super Bowl 52 was the type of game that can make fans fall in love with the sport of football all over again.

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