(Minneapolis, MN) – The Philadelphia Eagles’ flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy.In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Etrz with 2:21 to go. The game’s MVP says he kept his focus on that go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
“I didn’t switch my mindset. I wasn’t worried about the scoreboard. I wasn’t worried about the time. I was just playing ball. I think sometimes you start worrying about that so much it starts creeping in your brain. I was just playing. Whatever play Doug called, I was going to to rip it.”
Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33.Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered,setting up rookie Jake Elliot’s 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead.
Then Brady got his team to midfield before his desperation pass fell to the ground in the end zone.It was the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia, which went from 7-9 last season to its first NFL crown since 1960.
Foles orchestrated it with the kind of drive NFL MVP Brady, a five-time champion, is known for. It covered 75 yards on 14 plays,and had to survive a video replay because Ertz had the ball pop into the air as he crossed the goal line.
Foles finished throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to earn MVP honors. The Eagles averaged 6.1 yards per rush on their way to 164 yards on the ground. Brady broke his own Super Bowl record throwing for 505 yards. He also tossed three TDs.