An estimated 103.4 million people watched the Philadelphia Eagles claim their first Super Bowl title over the New England Patriots this past Sunday. Despite the freezing temperatures and the underdog position going into the game, Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles played a flawless game of football that ultimately led his team to victory. But what made this victory even sweeter for Foles? He was a backup quarterback that only took a starting position in week fourteen of the regular season. How many weeks of football are there in season, you might ask? Sixteen. Yup, you do the math. Interestingly enough, he’s the first backup quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl win since Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady in 2001. But it takes more than a quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Each member of the team, from offense to defense, played their part to take home the title of champion to their hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Eagles!
Here are a few more interesting facts about the Super Bowl and the Philadelphia Eagles:
1) This was the first Super Bowl win for the Eagles, but they have made it to the Super Bowl two times before, once in 1980 and once in 2004.
2) During the Super Bowl, quarterback Nick Foles made a tricky touchdown pass—when another player throws him the ball for a touchdown—that was the first touchdown pass of his career.
3) Although an estimated 103.4 million people watched the Super Bowl, it was only the tenth largest audience of any Super Bowl and the smallest audience since 2009. Go figure!
4) It was a freezing 2 degrees Fahrenheit at kick-off time. Good thing the Super Bowl was held in an indoor stadium!