What Nick Foles had to say about his touchdown reception

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown by Brandon Bolden during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough Mass

The throw from the receiver Danny Amendola (who had taken a handoff from running back James White) was flawless but it just skipped off Brady's fingertips. Until the ball was tipped from Rob Gronkowski's reach and tumbled to the Minneapolis turf. Brady still had a timeout and the two-minute warning to work with, and it seemed like the ideal scenario for him to orchestrate another Super Bowl-winning drive.

Overall, the Patriots' franchise has been in 10 Super Bowls, a record.

Tom Brady dropping a pass from Danny Amendola that hit him directly in the hands. Brady was over 400 yards before the end of the third quarter and threatened the all-time mark for passing yards in any game, held by Norm Van Brocklin (554). He even caught a touchdown pass at the end of the first half. It was Pederson, a guy one former National Football League general manager called "less qualified to coach a team than anyone I've ever seen in my 30-plus years in the National Football League", out-coaching the greatest coach in the history of the sport.

'My husband can not f****** throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time, ' she had said after the game.

But nobody was prepared for the game's unlikely hero.

But the Eagles never let up the same way they went after Minnesota in a 38-7 win in the NFC title game two weeks ago.

And yet Nick Foles ended the night showered in green confetti.

The 28-year-old missed the second half of last season after undergoing season-ending back surgery, but returned to play 14 regular season games in 2017 and was named an All-Pro after catching 69 passes for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. It was less than Brady on both counts, but his team amounted to more.


Super Bowl 52 was the second-highest scoring Super Bowl of all time and had a combined 1,151 yards of offense.

The game had several surprising factors, from two missed extra points to the mysterious absence of Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler, who didn't play a defensive snap, and was spotted tearing up during the pre-game performances. His Patriots, whose 613 total yards set another Super Bowl standard, never had to punt.

Then Foles made them forget Wentz - and least for now - with the gutsiest drive of his life, including a fourth-down conversion to Ertz at midfield. "He really improved on his blocking this offseason, took a lot of things to heart".

"It's insane, I didn't even know that", Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore said.

There've been reports of friction between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, but any potential dysfunction didn't deter him. They stopped Brady one final time, knocking away Brady's desperation heave for Gronk at the goal line. The Eagles meanwhile have embraced their underdog status and with a strong defence and a resilient back-up (now starting) quarterback Nick Foles leading them, an upset could be on the cards.

For Philadelphia this is huge.

City officials greased poles on the main strip of Broad Street with hydraulic fluid to prevent overeager sports lovers from climbing skywards, but it didn't make a difference.

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