Fly Eagles Fly
On the road to victory
Fight, Fight, Fight
Fight Eagles Fight
Score a touchdown 123
Hit ’em low
Hit ’em high
And watch our Eagles fight
Fly Eagles Fly
On the road to victory
These are the words of the Philadelphia Eagles’ fight song. They have been singing this song “quietly” since 1960. I take that back, we are talking about the Eagles fans. They have been singing this loudly but with no purpose since 1960. That was until Super Bowl LII. The Eagles were four-and-a-half point underdogs to the New England Patriots. They have embraced that role throughout the entire playoffs.
When starting quarterback Carson Wentz was injured in Week 14 versus the Los Angeles Rams, it seemed like the Eagles were done. Wentz was a NFL MVP candidate. The Eagles were in first place and looking to sew up home field throughout the playoffs. At that point, Nick Foles took over as the backup quarterback. Takeover is the operative word. He calmly led them to straight victories and ensuring they kept the number one seed in the NFC. He continued his steady play in the playoffs all the way to the Super Bowl. It was no way he and the Eagles would beat the defending Super Bowl champs, or could they? Think about it, the Patriots were going for their franchise’s sixth title in 16 years under head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. This might be why viewership was down for the game. The game averaged 103.4 million viewers on TV, according to Nielsen ratings. It was the lowest Super Bowl viewership since Super Bowl XLIII, when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. The lack of viewership had no impact on how great the game actually was.
The Patriots won the coin toss, decided to kickoff and defer to the second half. The Eagles wasted no time establishing that they came to play. They drove down the field, but a penalty and a couple of incomplete passes meant settling for a field goal. The Patriots answered their opening drive kicking a field goal. This seemed like it would be a defensive game. That however, was fool’s gold. The Eagles next drive led to a perfect 34-yard touchdown pass from Foles to Alshon Jeffery. The missed extra point seemed like it would come back to haunt them. The Patriots started moving the ball down the field then stalled. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed an easy 26-yard field goal, keeping the Eagles lead at 9-3.
The second quarter would prove to be all offense for both teams. The Eagles gave the ball to LeGarrette Blount for a 21-yard touchdown run. Blount ran through his former teammates like running water. The Eagles missed the two-point conversion keeping the lead at 15-3. Gostkowski apparently didn’t like close up kicks, because he made his next field goal from 45 yards out. After a fluke interception, Brady throws a 26-yard touchdown to James White, trimming the lead to 15-12. The Eagles didn’t flinch. They proved they were not just glad to be there, they came to win. Head coach Doug Pederson let Foles call a trick play on fourth-and-goal. The quarterback caught the touchdown pass right before the half, giving the Eagles a 22-12 lead.
The Patriots come out the half and score a touchdown. Everyone was thinking, here we go. The Patriots seemed like they would now make those proverbial second half adjustments and begin to take control. The Eagles had other thoughts. They answered on the very next drive with a touchdown. It wasn’t without controversy though. Corey Clement caught the touchdown that would be reviewed and confirmed as such. It’s hard to tell what’s a catch and what’s not in the NFL anymore. Thankfully, for the Eagles it was as they now lead 29-19. Brady started being Brady. He led a touchdown drive to cut the lead to three before the fourth quarter started. He was already at 400 yards passing at that point. Eagles kicked a field goal on their next possession. Brady comes down and finds Rob Gronkowski for his second touchdown of the game. This also gives the Patriots a 33-32 lead. Yup, that’s the game. Apparently, the Eagles didn’t get the email that they should pack it in. On their own 45-yard line, they went for it and converted a fourth down. Talk about guts. They drove down and scored a touchdown that would be reviewed and confirmed. Eagles now lead 38-33. The Eagles defense finally made a play on the next Patriots possession. Brandon Graham strip sack was the turnover and play of the game. It gave the Eagles the ball and a chance to add a field goal. It still meant Brady had less than a minute to go 90 yards to tie the game and send it to overtime. A last second Hail Mary pass from almost midfield just missed. Game over, the Eagles win 41-33.
What a game, offensively speaking. The Eagles and Patriots combined for 1,151 yards, which is not only a Super Bowl record but the most yards by two teams in any NFL game. It edged out the Rams verse the New York Yanks on November 19, 1950 when the teams combined for 1,133 yards. Nick Foles was named the MVP throwing for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and running for one touchdown. If you haven’t been following the rise of the Eagles through the playoffs then you probably don’t know that they have taken on a new chant. It is from Philly native, Meek Mill. The song is Dreams and Nightmares. They have played it before and after every game. One part in particular they make known, “Hold up wait a minute, y’all thought I was finished?” The Eagles have finished their flown mission.