“Storybook” endings do indeed come true, and last night the underdogs played like “SUPER BOWL CHAMPS” and did what the “doubting thomas’s” said was an impossible task. However, this Monday morning the Philadelphia Eagles are the champs beating down the reigning champs Sunday with a thrilling 41-33 victory over New England, and winning their first Super Bowl.
And by all accounts this was one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory, perhaps more for the unorthodox plays and the superb performance by both quarterbacks, driving their respective teams across the gridiron with precision accuracy. However, only one team would emerge victoriously.
This game will no doubt be remembered as much for Eagles Coach Doug Pederson gutsy trick play at the goal line, on 4th down, for a touchdown and a young second string quarterback named Nick Foles who was considering walking away from the game last season, to emerge as the Most Valuable Player, going toe to toe with perhaps the best quarterback in decades Tom Brady and winning.
The Eagles had worn the underdog mask throughout the playoffs and were certainly the underdogs going into last nights game, especially with a quarterback of Brady’s caliber who had won 7-Super Bowl titles, and looking for number 8.
Pederson who up until about 9-years ago was coaching high school ball gathered his team together in the locker-room before the start of “Super Bowl XV” and recited what has become the team’s mantra before the start of every game.
“An individual can make a difference,” Pederson told them,” but a team makes a miracle!”
Following the thrilling game Pederson was asked by Dan Patrick; “How do you explain this that nine years ago you’re coaching in high school and here you are with this trophy?”
Pederson replied, “I can only give the praise to my lord and savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity and I’m going to tell you something: I’ve got the best players in the world.”
Pederson words were echoed by Foles immediately after the win; “We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff. We felt confident coming in and we just went out there and played football,” we’ve played this game since we were little kids. We’ve dreamed about this moment. There’s plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment that someday will be here. To be here with my daughter, my wife, my family, my teammates, this city, I’m very blessed.”
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