By MyFM's Jake Archer - Well, there is egg on my face. I was very, very wrong and underestimated a team that I should not have, yet again. The Philadelphia Eagles were able to outduel the Patriots in a shootout for the ages and for that, they are Super Bowl LII champions. There is really a whole lot to say about this debacle of a game and maybe even more to say about the Patriots off the field. I'm sure all week will be filled with Patriots content so come back early and often.
I do have a few main takeaways right now though, after a day in which I tried to regroup and avoid the depressing reality as much as I could. Nick Foles played a pretty much perfect game last night and Doug Pederson impressed me more than any other opposing coach ever has. Foles was obviously aided by the fact that Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was asleep at the wheel and the players on that side of the ball never even entered the stadium. I've never seen a worse defensive game in my life and it's absolutley gut-wrenching to see that all play out with one of our best cornerbacks, Malcolm Butler, benched for unknown reasons. But again, Foles made plays and you have to give the guy credit. He was a great story this year and it'll be interesting to see what happens with him now.
Going back to Pederson, I really couldn't have gained more respect for a head coach. He did everything right and did not have any fear against the greatest organization of all time in the big game. Too often coaches make crucial mistakes or play too conservatively against New England. Pederson put his foot on the gas and trusted in his team all night long. It paid off in a big way.
We also had some absolutely atrocious touchdowns being called for the Eagles last night. Two, in fact. I hate to complain about the referees but it's a tough pill to swallow when you lose and feel even more sure the next day that the officiating was less than stellar. But, I won't harp on that too much because our defense did not deserve to win that game at all.
You know who did deserve to win the game? Tom Brady. The man went out and put his team into position to win another Super Bowl while throwing points up on the board without Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks and any semblance of a running game. Of course, he took another Super Bowl loss he didn't deserve and as his career starts to dwindle down and we wonder how many times he'll be back in the big game, this hurts even more.
Besides the Patriots offense being good, I was right about the Eagles defense being vastly overrated. The one play they made was a crucial one, as they strip sacked TB12 late, but other than that they were pretty bad. As I watch back now (yes I recorded it and am subjecting myself to the pain) I have a more rational reasoned response to last night, but it's still tough to swallow when you see just how much we were able to move the ball in a Super Bowl.
Lastly, I just wanted to say that this Patriots team was an odd one. They weren't one of my favorites and they weren't even close to one of the best. They almost got away with it but in the end there was just not enough. They shot themselves in the foot repeatedly with plays like the botched snap, Gostkowski missing another extra point etc. It's going to be interesting to see how everything plays out this offseason as there seems to be a lot of questions moving forward. I'll keep you updated as always, so make sure you stay tuned.