Our Super Bowl Junior Reporter Neel is back, this time with his post-game analysis of the Super Bowl. If you watched it, we think you might share his excitement. If not, hey, this might just be one of our favorite analysis thus far. Well done, Neel! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us!
Super Bowl LII Post-Game Analysis by Neel N.
Most of America rejoiced when the New England Patriots lost 41-33 against the Philadelphia Eagles, giving the Eagles their first title in franchise history. Even though the final score doesn’t reflect it, the game was down to the wire. There were a lot of missed opportunities: two missed two-point conversions by the Eagles, a missed field goal by the Patriots, and a missed extra point by both teams.
The Patriots won the coin toss and chose to kick off. The game started quickly with the Eagles scoring a field goal on their opening drive and the Patriots scoring one on theirs. Despite it being most of their players’ first Super Bowl, the Eagles showed no fear and gave everything they had. In the fourth quarter, the Patriots were leading 33-32, and the Eagles had the ball. Then, the Eagles scored a touchdown and went for the two-point conversion, making sure that if the Patriots scored, they would need an extra point to tie. The Eagles missed though, and everyone was sure the Patriots would win.
As I mentioned in my previous article, the Eagles have an amazing defensive line, and it showed with 2:16 left in the game. It was 2nd and 2 for the Patriots, and Brady was about to make a throw when Brandon Graham hit his arm, knocking the ball out for it to be picked up by the Eagles. They later scored a field goal for an eight-point lead. The Patriots had one last chance—Brady threw a Hail Mary pass to Gronk, and three eagles players surrounded him. It bounced off their hands behind them on the ground as the clock expired.
The game was record breaking in many ways. The 1,151 yards that both teams earned is a record for most yards in a game ever. Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, and Rob Gronkowski became the first teammates to all get more than a hundred yards in a game. Amendola got 152 yards, and Hogan got 126 yards and a TD. It was also the first game where four different players got 100+ yards in a game. Chris Long and LeGarrette Blount became the third and fourth players to win back-to-back Super Bowls with different teams. Ertz was amazing with 67 yards and a touchdown, when he jumped into the end zone and then popped the ball up in the air (but caught it before it hit the ground). Also, Foles threw for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nelson Agholor was helpful catching for 84 yards and rushing for 9 yards. The Patriots didn’t do bad themselves, with Brady throwing for 505 yards, beating his own record of most yards in a Super Bowl from last year (466), and 3 touchdowns. Brady’s favorite target, Gronkowski, caught for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Long story short, it was a great game, and THE EAGLES ARE SUPER BOWL LII CHAMPIONS!