New England's Patriots slightly less than Bradyan at Super Bowl

Vincent Davis | 2/8/2018, 2:46 p.m.
It’s not that Tom Brady was that bad.

It’s not that Tom Brady was that bad. It’s that the New England Patriots’ defense, Brady’s teammates, didn’t play like Tom Brady. They didn’t play as expected, allowing Nick Foles, the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback, to pick his spots and score enough points to defeat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII Sunday.

The Patriots defense gave up 41 points. And yes, the Eagles gave up 33 in a high-scoring game, but those eight less points gave Philly the game, the decisive edge.

New England allowed the Eagles offense to establish a running game, a passing game, get down field, convert downs from one to four to first downs and win the very first Super Bowl ever for this franchise, reserving admission for Foles, the game’s MVP, and his family to go to Disney World.

Foles was able to maneuver through New England’s 11 defensemen, head coach Bill Belichick, his defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, who officially leaves New England this week to head coach the Detroit Lions, and all of the Patriots’ big game experience. New England’s defense was exposed.

In defeat, New England scored the most points by a losing team in a Super Bowl game. Brady, turning 41 by the start of next season, drafted by the Pats in 2000, appearing in his eighth Super Bowl, winning his fifth last year, threw for 505 yards on the day, 3 touchdowns. Foles logged 373 yards, 3 touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass on a trick play consisting of him wandering into the right side of the end zone unchecked to catch the ball. Their offense was Philadelphian, a Rocky-like performance.

New England, down 22-10 at the half, and 29-26 at the end of the third, mounted a comeback, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter, taking the lead, 33-32 in the fourth. It was Bradyan, but not enough.

New England allowed Foles to lead a 75-yard drive for the winning touchdown with 2:21 remaining on the game clock. Translation? One last attempt for the Bradys to win the game and repeat as Super Bowl champs, but Brady was sacked and lost the ball, setting up another opportunity to score (a field goal) for the Eagles, ending the game.

“For us, it was all about one stop,” said Brandon Graham, Philadelphia’s defensive end credited with Brady’s sack. “We went out here and made that one stop,” emphasized Graham, who with Foles, led the parade being held today (Thursday) in the City of Brotherly Love.