Eagles Defeat Patriots in Legendary Championship


By Michael McKay, Staff Writer

The day where the New England Patriots lose the big game arrived last Sunday, Feb. 4th. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Patriots 41-33, giving the team their first championship win in franchise history.

Lots of hope for the Eagles was lost when starting quarterback Carson Wentz went down for the season with a torn ACL back on Dec. 11th, 2017; however, second-string QB Nick Foles proved to be nothing short of phenomenal in the postseason. Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown in a trick play–the first touchdown for a quarterback in football championship history.

The Patriots have appeared in eight big games since 2001, and they have taken home championship rings for 5. Master head coach Bill Belichick  legendary quarterback Tom Brady have driven the franchise; however, last Sunday’s game was one of the few big games they’ve lost together. Brady played  impressively, throwing 505 total yards and three touchdowns, his best postseason performance to date. His fourth quarter fumble whilst being sacked is ultimately what sealed the game for the Eagles.

Lots of West football fans were tired of seeing the Patriots in the big game, as they’ve won many of them. Seeing the Eagles finally bring down a legendary franchise is just what fans wanted to see, including senior Brendan Micor.

“I’m a huge underdog guy. The Eagles definitely deserved it, I mean they just proved they have the best offensive-line ever,” Micor said. “I just loved the thrill of the game. The last minute where the Patriots were driving downfield, I just kept thinking, ‘This is Tom Brady’s thing, he might pull it off and win. He always does this.’ It’s that thrill of the final minute. I’m just happy the Eagles won.”

Others were not too happy about the game. Notorious Patriots fan, junior Eric Gassel, was shattered by the loss.

“I was very upset. The Patriots defense played like garbage. [Brady] played one of the greatest games in his career, I seriously wish he would’ve won that ring,” Gassel said. “I was a little more upset by my friends all annoying me about the loss, honestly.”

With the big game finally over, that’s a wrap on the 2017-18 NFL season. The NFL Draft will start on Thursday, Apr. 26th, 2018.