Eagles win first Super Bowl 41-33, stop Tom Brady, Patriots

Zach Berman, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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There was no scoring for both teams' next drives, although Cooks needed to depart the game when Malcolm Jenkins rocked Cooks with a vicious hit after Cooks spun right into the Eagles safety. Cooks left the game with a head injury and did not return.

The Eagles were the more physical team throughout the first half, and that showed when the Eagles fed Blount. He rushed for a 23-yard score to give the Eagles a 15-3 lead -- the Eagles missed an extra point and a two-point conversion -- although no lead is safe against New England.

They scored the game's next nine points -- first with a 45-yard field goal and then after an interception when Jeffery couldn't haul in a deep pass that Duron Harmon caught off a Jeffery tip. The Patriots' drive was extended when Jalen Mills was charged with a defensive holding penalty after the Eagles stopped New England on a third down, and the Patriots used the extra downs to score. James White rushed for a 26-yard touchdown later in the drive, and the Eagles' lead was cut to three.

Before halftime, the Eagles made a play that will long be remembered in Super Bowl history. After driving to the Patriots 1-yard line with 38 seconds remaining before halftime, Pederson elected to keep his offense on the field on fourth down. Those who haven't seen the Eagles this season might have been surprised. But Pederson has been aggressive all year, and he wasn't going to stop in the Super Bowl. He's also a fearless play-caller, and he made the boldest call of his career.

Jason Kelce snapped the ball to running back Corey Clement, who pitched it to Trey Burton, who threw the pass to a wide-open ... Foles. Yes, Foles caught a touchdown. Brady dropped a catch earlier in the game on a Patriots trick play. Foles showed he has the better hands, catching the 1-yard score to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead in halftime. The Eagles did not call that play all season, and Pederson put it in the game plan to call in one of the biggest moments on the biggest stage.

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That's how the Eagles have been all season, and that's why they're Super Bowl champions.

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