Recap of Superbowl 52 (LII)

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Super Bowl LII was the championship game of the 2017 season of the National Football League (NFL), the 52nd Super Bowl overall, and the 48th of the league’s modern era. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion and defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 41–33, to win their first Super Bowl. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception, and caught a 1-yard touchdown pass, was named Super Bowl MVP.

The game was held on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. It was the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. It was the sixth Super Bowl in a cold-weather city, and marked a return to the northernmost city to ever host the event.

The Patriots were the first team to appear in consecutive Super Bowls since the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowls XLVIII and XLIX, which the Patriots also appeared in. Denied a record-tying sixth Super Bowl victory, New England instead joined the Denver Broncos with a record-tying fifth Super Bowl loss.

The Eagles had previously lost to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV and to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Background

Host-city selection

The U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Super Bowl LII was held.

On October 8, 2013, the league announced that three venues would vie to host Super Bowl LII:

  • U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which was torn down after the 2013 season and replaced in 2014 and 2015 by U.S. Bank Stadium.
  • Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The city has hosted 10 Super Bowls, including seven at the Superdome, most recently Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.

On May 20, 2014, the league’s owners picked Minneapolis at their meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Teams

The NFC was represented by the number-one playoff seed Philadelphia Eagles, while the AFC was represented by the number-one playoff seed New England Patriots, marking the fourth time in the previous five years that the Super Bowl had featured the top team from each conference.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles finished the regular season with a record of 13–3, one of four teams (along with New England, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh) with that record. By virtue of the tie-breaking procedures, they were granted the NFC’s number one overall seed in the 2017–18 NFL playoffs. It was a substantial improvement for the team under second-year head coach Doug Pederson, as the Eagles had finished each of the previous two seasons with identical 7–9 records. The team had scored 457 points during the season (third in the NFL), while giving up just 295 (fourth) points.

The offense was led by Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz. In just his second season, he recorded a passer rating of 101.9, throwing for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions. His top target was Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz, who caught 74 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns. Other key aspects of the passing game were two new receivers acquired from off-season free agency: Alshon Jeffery, who caught 57 passes for 789 yards and nine scores, and Torrey Smith, who had 36 receptions for 430 yards. Meanwhile, three year veteran receiver Nelson Agholor had the best season of his career, hauling in 62 passes for 768 yards and eight touchdowns, a higher total in each category then in his previous two seasons combined. The Eagles rushing attack also benefited from two recently acquired players, LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi. Blount, an off-season signing after winning a Super Bowl with the Patriots, gained 776 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Ajayi, picked up by a mid-season trade with the Miami Dolphins, rushed for 873 yards and caught 24 passes for 154 yards combined with the two teams. Philadelphia also had a superb offensive line, lead by two Pro Bowl selections: Tackle Lane Johnson and Guard Brandon Brooks.

The Eagles defense ranked fourth in the league fewest yards allowed (4,904). Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox made the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career, recording 5​12 sacks and two fumble recoveries, and he had plenty of help around him, such as former Patriots defensive end Chris Long, who had five sacks and forced four fumbles, and defensive end Brandon Graham, who led the team with 9​12 sacks. Middle linebacker Nigel Bradham led the team in combined tackles with 88. The Eagles secondary featured Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had 76 combined tackles and two interceptions, along with cornerback Patrick Robinson, who led the team with four interceptions.

Philadelphia had stormed to the top of the NFC by winning 10 of their first 12 games, but suffered a major setback on December 10, when Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL tear and was replaced by journeyman backup quarterback Nick Foles, who was playing for his third team in as many years and his second stint with the Eagles. Still, Foles was able to lead the team to victory in that game, as well as the next two. The Eagles would lose a meaningless week 17 matchup with the Cowboys led by third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Then in their two playoff games, Foles threw for a combined total of 598 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.

New England Patriots

The Patriots entered the 2017 NFL season as defending Super Bowl champions. For the 16th time in their 18 seasons under 65-year old coach Bill Belichick, they recorded a double-digit win season, finishing the regular season with a record of 13–3, one of four teams (along with Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh) with that record. By virtue of the tie-breaking procedures, they were granted the AFC’s number one overall seed in the 2017–18 NFL playoffs. Early season defensive struggles left the team with a 2–2 record after four weeks, and the worst overall defense in the league at that point. Additionally, top wide receiver Julian Edelman went down in the preseason with a season-ending injury. The defense would come together as a unit, and tighten up over the rest of the season however, with the Patriots going 11–1 after week 4, and finishing the year with a top-5 defense in most statistical categories. Their sole loss in the latter part of the season came in Week 14 to the Miami Dolphins, a division rival, though they were without star tight end Rob Gronkowski due to a one game suspension for an unnecessary roughness call the prior week. The Patriots’ defense was improved by several late-season free-agent signings, including Eric Lee, a defensive end, previously from the Buffalo Bills, who the Patriots signed in Week 12, and James Harrison, a perennial All-Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who the Patriots picked up off waivers after Christmas. In just six games for New England, Lee recorded 3​12 sacks, a safety, and an interception. In his only regular season game with the Patriots, Harrison recorded two sacks.

During the regular season, New England’s offense led the league in yards gained (6,307) and ranked second in points scored (458). The 40-year-old Brady finished his 18th season with a league-leading 4,577 passing yards and 32 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, earning him his 13th selection to the Pro Bowl and his third league MVP award. One change which helped make up for the loss of Edelman would be the new acquisition of receiver Brandin Cooks, who caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. Brady was also aided by the healthy return of Gronkowski, who had played just eight games in the previous season, finishing this year with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight scores. Receiver Danny Amendola added 61 receptions for 659 yards, as well as another 240 yards returning punts. With the loss of their previous season’s rushing leader LaGarrette Blount to free agency, Dion Lewis stepped up to take the lead, rushing for 896 yards and six touchdowns despite starting only eight games. He also caught 32 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and added 570 yards and another touchdown returning kickoffs. Rex Burkhead chipped in 518 all-purpose yards, 30 receptions, and eight touchdowns. In passing situations, the team relied heavily on running back James White, who caught 56 passes for 429 yards and rushed for 171 on the ground. These backs were aided by the blocking of fullback James Develin, who earned his first Pro Bowl selection. On special teams, kicker Stephen Gostkowski ranked second in the NFL with 156 points and fourth in field goals made with 37, while veteran special team ace Matthew Slater earned his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

The Patriots’ defense ranked only 29th in yards allowed (5,856), but ranked fifth in fewest points, giving up only 296. Defensive end Trey Flowers led the team with 6​12 sacks while also forcing two fumbles. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy had 73 tackles and 5​12 sacks. The Patriots also had a superb secondary, led by cornerbacks Malcolm Butler (two interceptions, three forced fumbles) and Stephon Gilmore (two interceptions, 47 solo tackles), as well as safeties Devin McCourty (97 combined tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery), Patrick Chung (84 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries) and Duron Harmon (four interceptions).

Playoffs

In the playoffs, the Patriots earned a first round bye and home-field advantage due to their status as the AFC’s first overall seed. In the divisional round, they defeated the Tennessee Titans 35–14, as Brady passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns, and the defensive front seven dominated the offensive line of the Titans, amassing eight quarterback sacks of Marcus Mariota and holding the Titans running game to 65 yards rushing. They then defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24–20 in the AFC Championship Game, rallying from behind to win the game after the Jaguars jumped out to an early 14–3 lead and whose league-best defense stymied Brady and the rest of the offense for most of the first half. Down 20–10 in the fourth quarter, the Patriots comeback was sealed by two Brady-led drives, both resulting in touchdown passes to Danny Amendola, as well as a key defensive stop by Stephon Gilmore, whose acrobatic block of a Blake Bortles pass ended Jacksonville’s last chance to score. Rob Gronkowski was injured in the game with a concussion, leaving his status for the Super Bowl in doubt. Amendola would be the breakout star for the Patriots during their two playoff wins, leading the team with 196 receiving yards, and serving as Brady’s primary target.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia started off the divisional round by narrowly defeating the Atlanta Falcons 15–10, by stopping the Falcons on four consecutive plays after they had a first-down-and-goal situation on the Eagles 9-yard line during their final drive. Then they soundly defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38–7 in the NFC Championship Game. Although the Vikings scored on their opening drive, the Eagles defense held them to three punts, two turnovers on downs, two interceptions, and one lost fumble in their remaining drives of the game. Meanwhile, Foles had a great game in which he completed 26 of 33 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.

Pre-game notes

This game was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. Only one player, Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady, remained on either roster from that contest. Bill Belichick, the Patriots’ head coach in that contest, also remained in that position. Two members of the Eagles, running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive lineman Chris Long, were both on the Patriots roster for Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots were the designated home team for Super Bowl LII, per an annual rotation between the AFC and the NFC, in which the AFC is the designated home team in even-numbered years and the NFC is the designated home team in odd-numbered years. As the designated home team, the Patriots elected to wear their road white jerseys with navy blue pants, becoming the sixth team to wear their white jerseys as the home team and the third team to wear white in back-to-back Super Bowls, following the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowls XII and XIII and again in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII. The decision by the Patriots to wear their road whites means that the Eagles wore their standard home uniform of midnight green jerseys with white pants. Twelve of the last 13 Super Bowls have been won by teams wearing white jerseys. The Green Bay Packers were the last team to win a Super Bowl while wearing their home uniforms during Super Bowl XLV.

Operations

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota hosted media day events and press conferences. More than 5,000 media members were expected to come to the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl. For coordination of the game and 10 days of events, the National Football League temporarily operated an events office within the Minnesota Vikings office building next to U.S. Bank Stadium. More than 150,000 visitors are expected to attend events associated with the Super Bowl over ten days.

Admission tickets to the game and related events, as well as parking, received state tax exemptions. Increased security operations around U.S. Bank Stadium closed the stadium’s light rail station for 48 hours before the game, and a nearby homeless shelter temporarily relocated outside of the security perimeter. The Blue Line of the light rail system was only open to ticketholders and passengers with a Gameday Pass, while the Green Line only ran to Stadium Village station on the University of Minnesota campus before continuing on with restricted access. Metro Transit ran shuttle buses between light rail stations, as well as regular bus service was moved for several weeks due to street closures. Thirty activist groups organized a rally and protest against police brutality, corporate greed, and racist practices. 17 people blocked the Green Line train for 90 minutes before the game, and 200 protesters blocked an entrance to the stadium’s security perimeter.

Per an agreement made in 1998, ticket allotment for both participating clubs remained split, and game presentation and entertainment in the stadium was controlled by the league. The Patriots practiced at the Minnesota Vikings facilities in Eden Prairie while the Eagles used the University of Minnesota. The Eagles got the Vikings’ locker room and sideline. The Vikings had advanced to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Eagles; until that point, the possibility of the Vikings advancing to the Super Bowl and thus becoming the first team to play the game in its home stadium was plausible. Had that scenario happened, the Vikings would have had access to their own locker rooms and training facilities (which would have forced the AFC champion to use the University of Minnesota) but received no other home advantages.

Associated events

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee presented Super Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. This ten-day free festival and concert series featured Sheila E., the Revolution, Morris Day and the Time, and the New Power Generation, musicians from Minnesota who collaborated with Prince. Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Super Bowl Live also included performances by Idina Menzel, Soul Asylum, the Suburbs, Bob Mould, Sounds of Blackness, Dessa, VocalEssence, Mint Condition, and the Jets. In addition to the concert series, Super Bowl Live featured a 200-foot (61 m) American Birkebeiner International Bridge on Nicollet Mall to showcase cross-country skiing, skijoring, fat-tire bicycle racing, and snow tubing demonstrations. There was also a snowmobile stunt show on February 3.

The NFL presented the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center from January 27 to February 3 with an entrance fee. Kelly Clarkson performed at the Minneapolis Armory and a U.S. Bank Stadium lounge on the day of the Super Bowl.

The Minneapolis Armory also hosted Jennifer Lopez, Imagine Dragons, and Pink concerts close to U.S. Bank Stadium. Pink also performed the national anthem before the Super Bowl. Halftime performer Justin Timberlake held a “listening session” at Prince’s Paisley Park. Dave Matthews Band will perform at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Mystic Lake Casino hosted Gwen Stefani, the Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, and Kygo. Planners originally scheduled a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) traveling nightclub for 9500 people, but cancelled, moving its concerts into the main casino. Ellie Goulding’s appearance with Kygo was cancelled at the same time. The Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota, has the second-largest hotel in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and Prior Lake hosted Super Bowl-week events including winter activities, a hotdish competition, and fundraisers.

Other events were held at the Mall of America (including Radio Row as a home for national shows), Saint Paul’s RiverCentre and Xcel Energy Center, the Minnesota Vikings’ Winter Park location in Eden Prairie, and the University of Minnesota. “Taste of the NFL” is a fundraiser for food banks and was held in Saint Paul. Minneapolis also offered a temporary zip-line across the Mississippi River near downtown. The Luminary Loppet around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis featured fire dancing, an ice pyramid, and luminary candles at night.

The 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival took place leading up to, during and after the Super Bowl. Carnival organizers built a large ice palace to coincide with the Super Bowl festivities, as with Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. The ice palace was planned, cancelled for lack of funds, then re-announced with sponsors. Events in Saint Paul will also include an extreme sports demonstration, a “giant slide”, and a block party. Officials in the capital city hoped to attract Minneapolis Super Bowl visitors. The Minneapolis Institute of Art had a free 20-by-40-foot (6.1 m × 12.2 m), 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) ice maze.

The Great Northern was a winter festival in the Twin Cities from January 25 to February 4 which included the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, an ice bar, and an “urban ski competition”.

ESPN broadcast its studio programming from the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis,while Golf Channel (a sister network of Super Bowl LII broadcaster NBC) aired two live episodes of David Feherty’s eponymous series from the State Theatre.

Native American communities of Minnesota performed nightly drum ceremonies.

Broadcasting

United States

NBC broadcasted Super Bowl LII, as part of an annual cycle between the three main broadcast television partners of the NFL. NBC’s lead NFL team of play-by-play man Al Michaels and color analyst Cris Collinsworth called the game. Sister cable network Universo carried a full Spanish language broadcast produced by Telemundo Deportes, with Edgar Lopez and Rene Giraldo. The Universo Spanish audio was also available on NBC through the SAP channel, where available.

This was the last game in Westwood One’s current national radio contract with the NFL. Each participating team’s flagship station (the Patriots Radio Network’s WBZ-FM/Boston, and the Eagles Radio Network’s WIP-FM/Philadelphia, along with WEMG/Camden, New Jersey for Spanish play-by-play) carried the game with local announcers. (For the second consecutive year, none of the local flagships are clear-channel stations, and thus the local commentators were only audible for free within each respective team’s immediate metropolitan area; listeners who live outside the flagship stations’ broadcast ranges were required to subscribe to Sirius XM Radio or TuneIn Premium to access the local broadcasts.) Under the terms of the Westwood One contract, any radio station that is not a local flagship, if it is to carry the game, is required to utilize the Westwood One feed. It was the first title win called by Eagles play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese, who has been the primary radio voice of the team since 1977.

Online streams of the game were provided by NBC. It was available on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app for mobile devices, tablets, connected-TV devices, and NBC.com without any required login. The Spanish-language broadcast was available on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com for desktop devices, connected TV devices, and tablets but not mobile devices. Under new digital rights deals that began with the 2017–18 playoffs, Verizon still offers mobile streaming of games, but no longer holds exclusive rights to stream NFL games on smartphones or make them exclusive to Verizon Wireless subscribers. Instead, Verizon elected to use use the deal to bolster its recent acquisition of Yahoo!; on January 9, 2018, Verizon announced that it would host streams of playoff games through the Yahoo! Sports and go90 app, including Super Bowl LII. As a result of the deal, the online stream was available to viewers on all Internet devices for the first time, regardless of network (because of Verizon’s previous exclusive rights deal, non-Verizon phones had previously been blocked from receiving any NFL telecasts, regardless of source). The game was also available through the NFL Mobile app with the aforementioned change to viewing through the app now being allowed on all mobile carriers.

Dan Patrick and Liam McHugh served as the lead hosts for NBC’s pre-game coverage. Mike Tirico, who replaced the retiring Bob Costas in 2017 as NBC’s lead studio host for both the NFL and the Olympic Games, did not participate in coverage of Super Bowl LII due to his commitments to prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (opening on the Friday following the game).

Nielsen reported a 47.4/70% overnight rating in metered markets, peaking at 52.2/74 during the fourth quarter. These numbers are about 3% lower than early numbers from Super Bowl LI, and the lowest since Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.

Advertising

Dan Lovinger, NBC Sports Group executive vice president of ad sales, stated to Variety in July 2017 that the network was seeking a price “north of $5 million” (the price set for the previous two Super Bowls) for a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LII. Taking advantage of the 2018 Winter Olympics that begins five days after the Super Bowl (which will mark the first time since 1992 that a single broadcast network will air both the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in the same year), NBC disclosed plans to offer advertising packages that cover both Super Bowl LII and the Olympics. NBC estimated that it would bring in at least $1 billion in advertising revenue from the two events. During the second quarter, an equipment failure caused NBC’s broadcast to experience dead air for 30 seconds during a commercial break. No actual commercial time was lost.

Anheuser-Busch has, as it has done in previous Super Bowls, purchased multiple commercials in the game, advertising Bud Light, Stella Artois and Michelob Ultra. For the first time since Super Bowl VIII, the company would downsize the apperances of the Budweiser Clydesdales in a Super Bowl commercial. However, a Clydesdale was featured in a commercial for Tide detergent and the Budweiser Clydesdales only appeared in a 5-second Budweiser commercial to remind viewers of the “ClydesdaleCam” livestreaming event. Other signed advertisers included The Coca-Cola Company and Avocados from Mexico. Cellphone carrier T-Mobile aired a minute long ad with actress Kerry Washington narrating, featuring babies of various ethnic backgrounds. The commercial also features Nirvana’s song All Apologies played as a lullaby. In the ad Washington talks about the babies being birth with natural instincts of love and not racism calling them “unstoppable” and that they will demand fair and equal pay. T-Mobile CEO John Legere posted to his Twitter account afterwards saying, “This year, we wanted to use our #SuperBowl airtime to share that @TMobile believes we all started in the same place. We are more alike than different. And we are unstoppable.”

 

Entertainment

Pregame

Pink performed the national anthem of the United States and Leslie Odom Jr. sang “America the Beautiful”.

Pink spit out a throat lozenge shortly before singing the anthem, later verified after many commentators thought she had spit out a piece of gum.. She reported being ill with flu symptoms during her performance.

Halftime show

Justin Timberlake headlined the Super Bowl LII halftime show, along with his band “The Tennessee Kids” and featuring the University of Minnesota Marching Band. Timberlake performed in two previous Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 as a member of NSYNC, and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 with Janet Jackson.

Timberlake’s performance drew criticism for not being “spectacular”, looking to be safe and avoid incidents such as the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” encountered during his performance with Jackson.

Game summary

First half

The New England Patriots won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. The Patriots kicked to the Eagles who opened with a long, time consuming drive of 7:05 that resulted in a 25-yard Jake Elliott field goal. The drive was controlled by the arm of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who went 6-for-9 and completed passes to five different receivers, with a few short runs by LaGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi littered in. The Patriots responded with a drive of their own, almost with the exact same results; quarterback Tom Brady going 6-for-8 to four different receivers before they stalled out and had to settle for a Stephen Gostkowski field goal. The game’s first touchdown was scored by the Eagles on the next drive, taking only three plays: a short pass from Foles to Nelson Agholor, a long run up the middle by Blount, and a long 34-yard pass from Foles to Alshon Jeffery to the left side of the field. The ensuing extra point was wide left, however, leaving the score at 9–3. On the ensueing Patriots drive, they took the ball to the Philadelphia 11, where the quarter ended.

The Patriots started the second quarter deep in Philadelphia territory, but came away with no points on the drive, as Gostkowski missed a short field goal following a botched snap. New England’s defense forced the game’s only punt on the next drive. Early in the following drive, Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks suffered head-to-head collision, and was lost for the rest of the game. On third down from near mid-field, the Patriots attempted a trick play that involved two handoffs and a pass down field to Tom Brady; Brady dropped the pass from Danny Amendola. They went for it on fourth down, and an incomplete pass intended for tight end Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete, giving the Eagles good field position on a turnover-on-downs. The Eagles capitalized on a drive that balanced two passes with two runs and ended with a 21-yard rumble by Blount for another touchdown. They attempted a two-point conversion, which failed, bringing the score to 15–3. The Patriots ensuing drive featured a long pass completion to Rex Burkhead to bring them into field goal range; though that drive stalled out and Gostkowski added three points on a 45 yard kick. The Eagles responded and looked poised to score another touchdown before Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon came down with an interception on a twice-deflected pass. The Patriots took advantage of the turnover with a touchdown drive that resulted in a James White touchdown run, after which Gostkowski missed the extra point. The Eagles controlled the ball for most of the rest of the half, and from the one yard-line attempted a similar trick play to the one that had failed for the Patriots earlier. The Eagles were successful, as tight end Trey Burton threw the ball perfectly to quarterback Foles; the ensuing extra point was good giving the Eagles a 22–12 lead, which they would carry into the locker room following a short drive by the Patriots concluding with a completion by Danny Amendola that ran out the clock.

Second half

The Patriots received the second-half kick-off and Brady led a touchdown scoring drive down the field featuring four catches by star tight end Gronkowski, including the scoring play, that brought the score to 22–19. The Eagles had a touchdown drive of their own, balancing Foles passes with Blount runs before Nick Foles found rookie running back Corey Clement at the back of the endzone for a 22-yard catch; they play was held up on review, but replay officials confirmed that Clement kept both feet inbounds and controlled the ball; the Elliott extra point brought the score to 29–19 in favor of the Eagles. Brady responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive ending with a 26-yard pass to Chris Hogan to bring the score to 29–26. The Eagles followed with a long drive to wind up the third quarter in Patriots territory.

The Eagles opened the fourth quarter scoring with a Jake Elliott field goal to bring the score to 32–26, however Brady came back with another 75-yard drive ending with a four-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, his second touchdown of the game, giving the Patriots their first lead of the game, 33–32. On their next drive, the Eagles scored a touchdown on a pass from Foles to tight end Zach Ertz with 2:21 remaining in the game. The play was held up on review, as Ertz lost the ball while diving towards the endzone, it was however determined that he established himself as a runner and also maintained control of the ball as he broke the plane of the goal line. However, a failed two-point conversion left the Eagles with a 38–33 lead. On the Patriots next drive, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady on the drive’s second play. The Eagles recovered the ball and added another field goal, putting Philadelphia ahead by eight points, 41–33, and giving New England just 1:05 left to tie the contest, needing a touchdown and a two-point conversion. After nine plays, Brady reached the 49-yard line, but could not connect with any receivers on a Hail Mary pass on the game’s final play. The combined 74 points scored by both teams was one point shy of the Super Bowl record of 75, set in Super Bowl XXIX in 1995.

Box score

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 9 13 7 12 41
Patriots 3 9 14 7 33

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: February 4, 2018
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 67,612
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Game Book
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP PHI NE
1 7:55 14 67 7:05 PHI 25-yard field goal by Elliott 3 0
1 4:17 9 67 3:38 NE 26-yard field goal by Gostkowski 3 3
1 2:34 3 77 1:43 PHI Jeffery 34-yard touchdown reception from Foles, Elliott kick no good (wide right) 9 3
2 8:48 6 65 3:05 PHI Blount 21-yard touchdown run, 2-point pass no good 15 3
2 7:24 5 48 1:24 NE 45-yard field goal by Gostkowski 15 6
2 2:04 7 90 2:57 NE White 26-yard touchdown reception from Brady, Gostkowski kick no good (wide left) 15 12
2 0:34 7 70 1:30 PHI Foles 1-yard touchdown reception from Burton, Elliott kick good 22 12
3 12:15 8 75 2:45 NE Gronkowski 5-yard touchdown reception from Brady, Gostkowski kick good 22 19
3 7:18 11 85 4:57 PHI Clement 22-yard touchdown reception from Foles, Elliott kick good 29 19
3 3:23 7 75 3:55 NE Hogan 26-yard touchdown reception from Brady, Gostkowski kick good 29 26
4 14:09 8 51 4:14 PHI 42-yard field goal by Elliott 32 26
4 9:22 10 75 4:47 NE Gronkowski 4-yard touchdown reception from Brady, Gostkowski kick good 32 33
4 2:21 14 75 7:01 PHI Ertz 11-yard touchdown reception from Foles, 2-point pass no good 38 33
4 1:05 4 4 1:04 PHI 46-yard field goal by Elliott 41 33
“TOP” = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 41 33

Final statistics

Statistical comparison

Statistic Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots
First downs 25 29
First downs rushing 6 4
First downs passing 19 23
First downs penalty 0 2
Third down efficiency 10/16 5/10
Fourth down efficiency 2/2 1/2
Total net yards 538 613
Net yards rushing 164 113
Rushing attempts 27 22
Yards per rush 6.1 5.1
Net yards passing 374 500
Passing–completions/attempts 29/44 28/49
Times sacked–total yards 0–0 1–5
Interceptions thrown 1 0
Punt returns–total yards 0–0 0–0
Kickoff returns–total yards 4–98 3–44
Interceptions–total return yards 0–0 1–8
Punts–average yardage 1–41 0–0
Fumbles–lost 0–0 1–1
Penalties–yards 6–35 1–5
Time of possession 34:04 25:56
Turnovers 1 1
  • The lone Eagles punt was received with a fair catch.
Records set
(Unless otherwise noted, all records were only Super Bowl records)
Most Super Bowl appearances, as team 10 New England Patriots
Most Points Scored in a Super Bowl, losing team 33
Most Total Yards, team (game) 613
Most Passing Yards, team (postseason game) 505
Fewest Punts, team (game) 0
Most Super Bowl appearances, as player 8 Tom Brady
(New England)
Most Super Bowl appearances, as starting player 8
Most pass attempts, player (career) 357
Most pass completions, player (career) 235
Most passing yards, player (any postseason game) 505
Most passing yards, player (career) 2,576
Most touchdown passes, player (career) 18
Oldest quarterback, as player 40 years 185 days
Oldest quarterback, as starting player 40 years 185 days
Most Super Bowl appearances, as head coach 8 Bill Belichick
(New England)
Most Super Bowl appearances, as coach 11
Most Super Bowl appearances, in any capacity 11
Most TD Receptions, as quarterback (game) 1 Nick Foles (Philadelphia)
Most TD Receptions, as quarterback (career) 1
Most Super Bowl games with TD Pass and TD Reception 1
Longest field goal kicked by a rookie 46 yards Jake Elliott (Philadelphia)
Most Total Yards, both teams (any NFL game) 1,151 Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
Most First Downs Passing, both teams (game) 42
Most Passing Yards, both teams (any postseason game) 874
Most Missed PAT Conversions, both teams (game) 4
Fewest Punts, both teams (game) 1
Records tied
Fewest Times Sacked, as team (game) 0 Philadelphia Eagles
Fewest Fumbles, as team (game) 0
Fewest Fumbles Lost, as team (game) 0
Most Missed PAT Conversions, as team (game) 3
Most Super Bowl losses, as team 5 New England Patriots
Most Super Bowl appearances, as kicker 5 Stephen Gostkowski
(New England)
Most Pass Attempts with no Interceptions (game) 48 Tom Brady
(New England)
Most Field Goals, both teams (game) 5 Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
Most First Downs, both teams (game) 54
Most Pass Attempts, both teams (game) 93
Most Touchdown Passes, both teams (game) 7
Fewest Times Sacked, both teams (game) 1
Fewest Punt Returns, both teams (game) 0
Fewest Punt Return Yards, both teams (game) 0

Individual statistics

Eagles passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT
Nick Foles 28/43 373 3 1
Trey Burton 1/1 1 1 0
Eagles rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3
LeGarrette Blount 14 90 1 36
Jay Ajayi 9 57 0 26
Nelson Agholor 1 9 0 9
Corey Clement 3 8 0 6
Eagles receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3
Nelson Agholor 9 84 0 24
Zach Ertz 7 67 1 19
Torrey Smith 5 49 0 17
Corey Clement 4 100 1 55
Alshon Jeffery 3 73 1 34
Nick Foles 1 1 1 1
Trey Burton 0 0 0 0
Patriots passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT
Tom Brady 28/48 505 3 0
Danny Amendola 0/1 0 0 0
Patriots rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3
James White 7 45 1 26
Dion Lewis 9 39 0 8
Rex Burkhead 3 18 0 9
Tom Brady 1 6 0 6
Chris Hogan 1 4 0 4
Brandin Cooks 1 1 0 1
Patriots receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3
Rob Gronkowski 9 116 2 25
Danny Amendola 8 152 0 50
Chris Hogan 6 128 1 43
James White 2 21 0 15
Rex Burkhead 1 46 0 46
Brandin Cooks 1 23 0 23
Phillip Dorsett 1 19 0 19
Tom Brady 0 0 0 0
James Develin 0 0 0 0

1Completions/attempts
2Carries
3Long gain
4Receptions

Starting lineups

 

Philadelphia Position New England
Offense
Alshon Jeffery WR Brandin Cooks
Halapoulivaati Vaitai LT Nate Solder
Stefen Wisniewski LG Joe Thuney
Jason Kelce C David Andrews
Brandon Brooks RG Shaq Mason
Lane Johnson RT Cameron Fleming
Zach Ertz TE Rob Gronkowski
Nelson Agholor WR Chris Hogan
Nick Foles QB Tom Brady
LeGarrette Blount RB Dion Lewis
Torrey Smith WR FB James Develin
Defense
Vinny Curry DE LE Trey Flowers
Timmy Jernigan DT Lawrence Guy
Fletcher Cox DT Malcom Brown
Brandon Graham DE LB James Harrison
Mychal Kendricks OLB LB Kyle Van Noy
Nigel Bradham OLB LB Elandon Roberts
Jalen Mills CB RCB Stephon Gilmore
Ronald Darby CB LCB Eric Rowe
Corey Graham S Patrick Chung
Rodney McLeod S Devin McCourty
Malcolm Jenkins S Duron Harmon

Officials

Super Bowl LII had eight officials. The numbers in parentheses below indicate their uniform numbers.

  • Referee: Gene Steratore (114)
  • Umpire: Roy Ellison (81)
  • Down judge: Jerry Bergman (91)
  • Line judge: Byron Boston (18)
  • Field judge: Tom Hill (97)
  • Side judge: Scott Edwards (3)
  • Back judge: Perry Paganelli (46)
  • Replay official: Paul Weidner

This was Steratore’s first Super Bowl as a referee, though he had been previously selected as an alternate for Super Bowl XLIV.

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