On Sunday afternoon, the Eagles had never won a Super Bowl and hadn’t won an NFL championship since 1960. By Sunday evening, both of those streaks were obsolete.
What did the Eagles’ 41-33 win over New England in Super Bowl LII mean to the city of Philadelphia?
“I don’t know if you can put it into words,” 22-year NFL veteran and two-time Super Bowl champion Sean Landeta said on Taz & The Moose. “They’ve waited 57 years for a championship, and this is 52 years in the Super Bowl era. You constantly hear them talking about, ‘We look in our division and see the Cowboys have won five Super Bowls, the Giants have won four, the Redskins have won three. In our division, we’re the only team that hasn’t won one.’”
That is no longer the case. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns and hauled in another, this on a trick play in the final minute of the first half. The Eagles defense, meanwhile, sacked Brady just once but made the most of it, forcing a pivotal fumble late in the fourth quarter.
And just like that, the longer-than-half-century wait has ended.
“They’ve come close (to winning a Super Bowl),” said Landeta, who played for the Eagles from 1999-2002 and again in 2005. “In the 2000s, they went to five NFC title games and only managed one Super Bowl appearance. So this is as sweet as it gets.”
The Patriots, meanwhile, lost despite 613 yards of total offense. Tom Brady played well enough to win his sixth Super Bowl – he finished 28-of-48 for 505 yards and three touchdowns – but the defense couldn’t get stops.
How upset is Bill Belichick today?
“Knowing him like I do, there’s no one more disappointed today than him,” Landeta said. “He cares so much about his team. He puts so much into every game plan, and I’m sure he felt good about everything last night, especially at the end with Brady having the ball in his hands. To say he’d be disappointed is an understatement.”
While Brady figures to return to New England in 2018, it’ll be interesting to see how the Eagles play their QB hand this offseason, with Foes, 29, and Carson Wentz, 25, both capable of executing the offense at a high level.
But that’s a discussion for another day. For now, the Eagles – all of them – are celebrating.
“People talk about quarterbacks winning games, and that’s true, but you got to have a good group around you,” Landeta said. “This is a terrific team. If the Eagles can stay healthy, they have a lot of those guys under contract. Maybe we see a little run for the Philadelphia Eagles coming up here.”