Simply put, this was one of the greatest Super Bowls in history, as it was intense from start to finish, and it saw the Eagles claim their first title in franchise history, and it’s safe to say we saw some huge moments. The offense was great, the defense came up big. Tom Brady again proved how great he is, and a backup is crowned MVP, so let’s take a look back at some of the biggest moments from yet another enthralling installment of the biggest NFL game of the year.
Malcolm Jenkins Obliterates Brandin Cooks
The Patriots thrive when they have a multitude of weapons to choose from on offense, and that lineup got a lot thinner early in the game when Brandin Cooks left the game after taking a huge hit from veteran Malcolm Jenkins. After catching a floated pass from Tom Brady, Cooks was struggling to find his bearings, and when he did, Jenkins came from the blindside to completely destroy him. It ended up costing him the rest of his Super Bowl. It can be argued that it was a penalty, but it wasn’t called, and it hurt the Patriots going forward to not have one of their top receivers.
Trick Plays Have Different Results
Tom Brady is one of the least athletic QB’s in NFL history, so when he slid out to catch a pass, it caught everyone by surprise. Unfortunately, it slipped through his fingers. He had plenty of space, and on 3rd down this would have set up a scoring opportunity, but the miss gave the ball back to the Eagles in great field position.
On the other hand, Doug Pederson and the Eagles took a chance on 4th down at the goal line, and it was one of the gutsiest and best plays in Super Bowl history. Nick Foles played it perfectly, and the pass was right on the money, and it gave the Eagles a much-needed boost heading into halftime and helped them to a 22-12 lead.
Midway through the game, the Patriots and Eagles offense’s got rolling, and they traded TD’s for the majority of the third quarter, but one was somewhat controversial. Nick Foles TD throw was sent to review, and the call stood. Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth on commentary weren’t in agreement with the call. It again brings into question what constitutes a catch in the NFL, but the call still stood and kept the momentum going. It was a huge throw on third down, and marked Foles’ third overall TD in the game at that point. This call could have completely changed the momentum of the game.
Another Fourth Down Conversion For Philly
Late in the game, we know Tom Brady and the Patriots come up big, so when the Eagles took the chance on fourth down to stay in the game, the Nick Foles to Zack Ertz connection was huge for the outcome of the game. Pederson’s confidence and risk-taking was a big story coming into the Super Bowl, and he’s proved again that it works. With two huge fourth down plays, and with the game on the line, this was simple, yet very effective. The Patriots had all the momentum at this point, so it was huge for Nick Foles to keep his confidence up, and this was perhaps the biggest play of the entire game.
The Eagles D come up HUGE
In the big moments of the Super Bowl, Tom Brady shines, but in Super Bowl LII, it was the Eagles Defense who came up with the biggest play of the game, a sack/fumble of Brady that clinched the game. The defense was going to be the deciding factor all game long, but they couldn’t quite make that big play, but when it mattered most, they stepped up. Foles and the offense did their job all game long, but all it took for the defense was one play, and it clinched Philly their first Super Bowl victory of all time.