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Underdog Champs: Eagles defeat the Patriots

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The underdogs are the Super Bowl Champions. The Philadelphia Eagles, who used this underdog mantra all playoff long, to defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

The Eagles won 41-33 over the Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This is the Eagles first Super Bowl in franchise history. This is the team’s fourth championship in their franchise, as they also won in 1948, 1949 and in 1960, all NFL Championships.

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles (Getty Images)

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles (Getty Images)

The Eagles ended the season with a 16-3 record. The Patriots fell to 15-4. Philadelphia is the second NFC East team, besides the New York Giants, to defeat the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick regime in the Super Bowl era.

The Eagles and the Patriots set a Super Bowl record with combined yards. They had 1,151 total yards.

Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, had four touchdown passes. Two were controversial touchdowns that both went in the favor of the Eagles, as they could have really gone either way.

Foles threw an 11-yard touchdown to Zach Ertz, as he lost the ball after hitting the ground. Corey Clement, who caught a 22-yard touchdown reception, had a foot near the end zone line.

He also hit Alshon Jeffery, who had guaranteed a Super Bowl win on Thursday, for a 34-yard touchdown. Foles also caught a one-yard touchdown from third-string tight end Trey Burton on a gutsy fourth down.

LeGarrette Blount, who signed a one-year deal with the Eagles after winning multiple Super Bowls with the Patriots, scored on a 21-yard rushing touchdown. Rookie kicker Jake Elliott also made three field goals.

Brady, who was the regular season MVP at the NFL Honors on Saturday night, also had three touchdowns. He threw two touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski, while Chris Hogan had the other touchdown reception.

James White, who was the Super Bowl MVP in last year’s game, had a 26-yard rushing touchdown. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski also made two field goals.

Foles went 28 of 43 for 373 passing yards. He also had three touchdowns and an interception.

Blount had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. Jay Ajayi had nine carries for 57 yards.

Clement, who was a shining star in the game, had four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Nelson Agholor had nine receptions for 84 yards. Jeffery had three receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. Ertz had seven receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Torrey Smith had five receptions for 49 yards.

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made three field goals.

Brady went 28 of 48 for 505 passing yards. He also had three touchdowns. Brady surpassed his own record for the most passing yards in Super Bowl history, as he had 466 passing yards against the Atlanta Falcons last Super Bowl.

White had seven carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Dion Lewis had nine carries for 39 yards. Rex Burkhead had three carries for 18 yards.

Danny Amendola had eight receptions for 152 yards. Hogan had six receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown. Gronkowski had nine receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Burkhead had a 46-yard reception.

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski also made two field goals.

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