I have a college friend from Philly. He is a great guy expect for he loves the Eagles. After Carson Wentz went down. I reached out to him. I truly thought that Nick Foles could take them to the playoffs and to the Super Bowl. No! He cried. The season was over.
Me. A live-long Cowboy fan, spent the next several weeks convincing my friend that the Eagles were good enough to win the super bowl with Nick Foles as quarterback. To this day, I don’t think that he ever really believed me. I was certain that Nick Foles was good enough. I was also certain the Doug Peterson was going to put Foles and the Eagles into position to win.
The evidence was all there. If you are a Cowboy fan and watched the Eagles and Cowboys games you have seen the Eagles up close. They play football. There was that overtime game that the Cowboys won last year. Doug Peterson showed that he was innovative and played to win. If the Eagles players didn’t make mental mistakes, the Eagles were always going to be position to win.
Writing Nick Foles and the Eagles off was crazy talk. The Eagles offense was good. They proved that every week. If they didn’t turn the ball over they were going to always be in position to win a game.
So, from the opening kickoff, we saw that the Doug Peterson had a plan to attack to the Patriots defense. This was not the Pats with Vince Wilfork and Rodney Harrison. This was more of a bend, don’t break Patriots defense. The defense probably would not win the game for you. Instead, they would try to turn the ball over to Tom Brady. For the most part, Nick Foles and the Eagles offense attacked the Patriots. They attacked down field. They attacked on the edges. The Eagles even ran the ball effectively. Nick Foles was great. He made all of the throws. He was smart with the football. His only turnover was on a deep pass that was caught then kicked up in the air by Jeffery and intercepted by Harmon of the Pats. Crazy play but really a good pass from Foles.
I think that the money play was the play that everyone is talking about. This was a shotgun play on 4th and goal from the 1. You are playing the Patriots. You know that points are going to be needed. You need as many points as you can get. I think that going for it was about as gutsy a call as I have seen in a big game. I have seen the play about 10 times and I still really don’t know how to describe it. Foles is the shotgun then goes in motion to the right wing. The ball is snapped to the running back who pitches the ball to the second or third string tight end, Burton. While this is going on, Foles sneaks out in the right flat. The tight end lobs a strike to Foles. Touchdown.
The Patriots knew that they simply couldn’t line up and beat the Eagles. This is why the Patriots had so many trick plays. I was looking for a Statue of Liberty play and the old fumble-roosky play. I still don’t understand why the Eagles didn’t double Gronk more. It seemed to me that you had to take Gronk away. Instead what the Eagles did effectively was take away those swing passes to the backs. The Eagles brilliantly placed Malcolm Jennings, their all-pro corner, on any back coming out of the backfield and it worked.
I’m a huge fan of the NFL and this was a great game. This was the NFL at its best. This was quarterbacks slinging the rock. Receivers making great catches. Running backs were stuffed in the hole then bounced to daylight. This was a great game. Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning Super Bowl 52. (BTW, as anyone lost as many Super Bowls as Tom Brady?)