Eagles Soar Over Patriots


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Philly gets its ring. Zach Ertz (86) scores a game-winning touchdown to win the Super Bowl for the Eagles.

Finnegan Courtney, Editor-In-Chief

The Super Bowl: An unofficial holiday where family and football fans gather to watch two teams battle it out for the Lombardi Trophy.

In 2017, we had what was called one of the greatest Super Bowls in history. This year, we added another.
The Philadelphia Eagles played against the New England Patriots. The Eagles had their chance to win their first-ever Super Bowl ring. The Patriots had the chance to win their sixth Super Bowl ring. The Eagles, however, won the game and their first ring, 41-33, by way of an incredible touchdown by the tight end, Zach Ertz, and a long field goal by their kicker, Jake Elliott.

Although the Patriots were favored, and Tom Brady threw for 505 passing yards, the Eagles pulled off the victory.

The Patriots came into the season with 19-0 hopes; they ended the season 15-4, including the loss in the Super Bowl.

They had loaded up in the offseason, mostly with the addition of receiver Brandin Cooks. In the first game of the season, 19-0 hopes were lost when they were upset by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots, however, would come back and be the first seed in the AFC, thanks in part to questionable calls in favor of the Patriots in games against the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills and, most notably, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They, however, rolled through the divisional round, 35-14 against the Tennessee Titans and came back in the Conference Round against the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Tom Brady played with a hand injury.
Remember the questionable calls in the regular season for the Patriots? It came back to bite them in the Super Bowl when Zach Ertz scored the game-winning touchdown.

A similar catch was made by the Steelers’ Jesse James that was overturned and gave the Patriots a win. The Eagles’ win put the final nail in the coffin for the Pats as they walked off not champions.
The Eagles weren’t expected to make the playoffs. They proved everyone wrong and went 16-3, including the Super Bowl win. They signed receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in the offseason and headed into the 2017 season with low expectations. The Eagles got off to a good start, going 10-1 until they took a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

It went downhill from there, as their MVP-candidate quarterback, Carson Wentz, went down for the season with a torn ACL. It was a tough road to victory for the Eagles, as they turned to their backup quarterback Nick Foles, who hadn’t played a game this season. The Eagles somehow still hung onto the top seed in the NFC playoffs, but they weren’t favored in any playoff game. They played against the Atlanta Falcons, the Minnesota Vikings and the Patriots.

Nevertheless, they persisted until the clock said :00 on the Super Bowl scoreboard in Minneapolis.
There was celebration for Philly and heartbreak for Boston, as the so-called “Evil Empire” wasn’t able to fire their Death Star to annihilate the flying eagle from the sky. Fortunately, the Eagles had a Luke Skywalker in the form of Nick Foles. Yes, the backup quarterback became a hero in Philly as he threw six touchdowns in the three playoff games and took a team that was thought dead as a doornail in the first round. They did not get shot down by any team. They soared, straight to being the world champions.