A Super Bowl 52 Recap

Avery Klatsky, Staff Writer

The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Despite this upset, SB Nation reported that the Patriots were 4.5-point favorites heading into the game. However the Eagles flew away against their opponents. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the first Super Bowl that the Eagles have won in their franchise history, as the Patriots lost what could have been their 6th Super Bowl win. The only other time where Eagles were in the Super Bowl was in 2005. However they lost, ironically, to the New England Patriots 24-21.

Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback (QB) Carson Wentz, the Eagles’ first round pick and second overall drafted player in the 2016 NFL Draft, suffered a torn ACL against the Los Angeles Rams at the end of the regular season. Former Austin Westlake QB Nick Foles, the backup, assumed the role as the starting quarterback, and shined in the postseason. In the Super Bowl, Foles threw for three touchdowns, 373 yards, 28 completions of 43 attempted passes and only had one interception, while also having a receiving touchdown on a trick play in the game. Contrary to Foles, New England QB Tom Brady threw for an astonishing three touchdowns, 505 yards, and completed 28 of 48 passes with no interceptions. Corey Clement, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and Nick Foles each scored once for the Eagles, while James White, Chris Hogan and Rob Gronkowski (two touchdowns), took it to the house for the Pats.

Below are some interesting numbers that help show the Eagles bout with the Patriots, and Philly’s rise to raise the Lombardi Trophy. Stats are according to SB Nation.

1,151: Total yards of offense in the entire game; 538 for Philadelphia and 613 for New England. Super Bowl 52 had the highest total yardage ever by more than a whopping 200 yards. The play averages for the two teams were 7.6 and 8.5 for Philadelphia and New England, respectively.

1: There was only one punt during the whole game, a surprising low for an NFL game. The sole punt in SB 52 was 41 yards, by the Eagles’ Donnie Jones.

1: Sack in the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham slapped the ball out of Tom Brady’s hand, and the single sack turned into a fumble and was recovered by the Eagles, helping Philadelphia seal their first Super Bowl victory.

4: Extra-point or two-point conversion attempts that failed.

15: Targets thrown to Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski, who had nine catches for 116 yards and one touchdown.

63 Percent: The Eagles’ third-down conversion rate in the Super Bowl, going 10 for 16. It was up from 42 percent in the regular season and 59 percent in the two playoff games they played in.

Although the Super Bowl was a fantastic game to watch, it averaged a 47.4 overnight rating, down 3 percent from the 2017 Super Bowl (New England Patriots, 34 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 28), the lowest figure since 2010. Regular season ratings were down 10 percent, thus it was not surprising to see the Super Bowl viewership dip down slightly. That being said, Super Bowl 52 attracted more than 100 million viewers, and those 100+ million people, as well as the world, got to see the Eagles raise the Lombardi Trophy when it was all over.