"Like this football team, a lot of people counted him out and didn't think he could get it done," Pederson said. "I believed in him, the staff believed in him, the players believed in him. ... This whole postseason, Nick has shown exactly who he is and what he can do."
Foles passed for a touchdown and caught a one-yard touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton near the end of the first half as the Eagles took a 22-12 lead.
On fourth and goal, Foles lined up in the shotgun formation, walked up the line of scrimmage and then stopped behind the right side of the line. Running back Corey Clement took a direct snap and pitched the ball to Burton, who hit a wide-open Foles.
"That's something we've been working on," Foles said, "and Doug and I were talking. I was like, 'Let's just run it.'
"It was a good time, and the end was a little wider than I thought, so I was like, 'I really need to sell like I'm not doing anything.' And it worked."
The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter before Brady brought the Patriots back, connecting with Gronkowski for a 33-32 lead with 9 minutes 22 seconds left.
Foles then engineered a 75-yard scoring drive that ended with an 11-yard pass to tight end Zach Ertz, who dived into the end zone.
The Eagles seemingly clinched the victory when linebacker Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady -- the Eagles' only sack -- and lineman Derek Barnett recovered the fumble. Jake Elliott's third field goal gave the Eagles a 41-33 lead.
But Brady still had about a minute to work a miracle. He threw a fourth-down pass to Danny Amendola to keep alive the drive, and found Gronkowski twice to move to midfield.
But the 6-foot-7 Gronkowski could not come down with his last-second heave into the end zone. And when the ball hit the ground, green and silver confetti rained down on the field.
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