There were tears of joy as the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time in history on Sunday night after holding off another spirited fightback from Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to win 41-33 at the U Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
In particular, it was a dream come true for Nigerian-born British running-back Jay Ajayi, who walked out on the Super Bowl last year in Houston when he attended in an ambassadorial role for NFL UK and missed the Patriots’ stunning comeback against the Falcons having gone 28-3 down.
On a dramatic night in Minnesota, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns to continue his remarkable run since replacing the injured Carson Wentz at quarterback in December.
The legendary Brady still had 505 passing yards and three touchdowns, but this time couldn’t muster up any comeback magic to win a record-extending sixth Super Bowl ring.
There was little defence in the game with both quarterbacks and their offences in full flow, but the one sack that came proved key.
After Zach Ertz’s touchdown to give Philadelphia a 38-33 lead with just over two minutes remaining, Brady fancied his chances for yet another game-winning drive.
But he was strip sacked by Brandon Graham, the first time their defensive line had gotten to the 40-year-old quarterback all game.
The Patriots rallied back and got to midfield but it all came apart for them when a last minute Hail Mary to Gronk fell short to make the Philadelphia Eagles World Champions.