Patriots fall to Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Pittsburgh stays on top

It's not a misconception that Pittsburghers are proud of the Steelers NFL record of six Super Bowl victories that has them atop the entire league's collection of franchises. Three teams stand behind them at five Super Bowl wins, and the record will stand, at least for another year.

Pittsburgh, and the rest of America, was watching as the Philadelphia Eagles looked to earn their team's first Super Bowl in their storied franchise's existence. They squared off against the ever so dominant New England Patriots, who have won a total of five Super Bowls since 1999, almost half the amount of time it took the Steelers to achieve the landmark.

The Eagles struck first with an early field goal to give them a 3-0 lead. They got ahead and stayed ahead for the rest of the game. Nick Foles threw a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey that was quite impressive. The deep throw was high up in the air and Jeffrey had to jump up and reach around a defender to haul it in and secured the first touchdown of the game and gave the Eagles a 9-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

From there on out it was a straight shootout between two great offenses. This was something to expect out of the Patriots, but it was sort of surprising to see the Eagles offense outshine New England. Foles, who was playing in relief of MVP caliber quarterback Carson Wentz, threw three touchdown passes and over 300 yards. That spectacular performance earned him the Super Bowl MVP award, two years removed from considering retirement.

Both teams traded touchdowns for the rest of the game, and New England couldn't find a way to pull themselves ahead. They would strike quick, and Philadelphia would swiftly answer back. It all came down to one last drive with two minutes to go, and the ball in Tom Brady's hands, a familiar and comfortable situation for the regular season MVP winner. The drive would end in disaster as the Eagles knocked the ball out of Brady's hands and recovered it. They retook possession of the ball, killed off some clock, and promptly kicked a field goal to give them a commanding eight-point lead with just over a minute left in the game.

Brady got the ball back and quickly moved the ball downfield with short passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who scored two touchdowns in the game, and got out of bounds to stop the clock. Time would be his enemy as the Patriots found themselves near the middle of the field, and just over 10 seconds left on the clock. Brady dropped back and launched a prayer ball down towards the end zone to his favorite target, Gronkowski, the Eagles defenders were able to knock the ball away, and that was all she wrote. The Philadelphia Eagles had done the impossible and defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 with a wild score of 41-33.

Pittsburghers can rejoice in the fact that the Steelers will stay ahead of the rest of their competition when it comes to Super Bowl rings for another year and taste the sweet revenge of watching Tom Brady get shocked and sent back home empty handed. 

I am a senior at Cornell High School.

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