Foles stars as Eagles win thriller

05 February 2018 11:51:07 EST

The Philadelphia Eagles overcame the favored New England Patriots on Sunday to be crowned the Super Bowl LII champions at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Back up quarterback Nick Foles played anything like completing 28-of-43 for 373 yards and three touchdowns while being picked off once, the latter in circumstances that were hardly his fault. However, it was the touchdown that Foles caught, on a fourth down at the New England 1-yard line that will go down in Super Bowl lore as Philadelphia were aggressive all night long.

Foles picked up the Super Bowl MVP Trophy along the way and almost certainly a ticket out of town in a quarterback hungry league. Philadelphia have their franchise signal caller in Carson Wentz and seem likely to cash in on Foles by trading the former Arizona star in the offseason. The Buffalo Bills or Arizona Cardinals immediately come to mind as potential destinations.

New England had played a bend but not break defense all season long allowing the 29th most yards in the NFL while maintaining the fifth best points against average. On Sunday it broke. You can get into all kinds of reasons why although the decision to bench starting cornerback Malcolm Butler certainly appeared to be a contributing factor.

Ultimately, however, the Patriots came up against a coach in Doug Pederson who was extremely aggressive in his play calling and didn't take the easy option, and points, but instead tried to maximise the opportunities.

Both teams will start as the favourites next season in their respective Conferences although the Eagles seem likely to face not only a good Minnesota Vikings side, but an up and coming Los Angeles Rams team.

The Rams are 7/2 to win Super Bowl LIII while the Vikings can be backed at 1212/1 and the Eagles at 22/1.

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