Eagles win first Super Bowl by dethroning Brady and the Patriots

Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

"Our fans have been waiting a long time for this," Pederson said. "I just can't wait to get back there and celebrate with our fans."

The Eagles denied Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick a chance to celebrate a sixth Super Bowl title, and what would have been their third in four years.

In last year's game, the Patriots trailed the Falcons 28-3 in the third quarter before Brady engineered the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

In the AFC championship game two weeks ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before Brady passed for two touchdowns to rally the Patriots back into the big game.

But while Brady managed to bring New England back against Philadelphia in the fourth quarter after trailing all night, finding Rob Gronkowski for his third TD pass and the Patriots' first lead, the Eagles were too much, and Brady's magic ran out on the final drive.

Belichick said he was proud of his team but that it did not play good enough defense -- the 41 points allowed were the most since New England's season-opening 42-27 loss to Kansas City -- and missed several opportunities on offense in the first half. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed a field-goal attempt after a mishandled snap and also missed an extra-point attempt.

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"We just came up a little bit short," Belichick said. "Tough, tough way to end."

Brady, 40, made it interesting until the final play. He completed 28 of 48 passes for a Super Bowl record 505 yards and three touchdowns, but his last-gasp Hail Mary to Gronkowski in the end zone fell incomplete.

"Losing sucks," Brady said.

This time, it was Foles' turn to claim the MVP.


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