Not this time: Eagles' late rally defeats Patriots

Not this time: Eagles' late rally defeats Patriots

Not this time.

Everything seemed set up for another miracle Patriots finish. They trailed, 38-33, but they had the ball on their own 25-yard line with 2:25 to play. Their offense had rolled to three touchdowns in three possessions in the second half. It looked like, one year after they set the standard for Super Bowl comebacks, they were going to do it yet again and win their third championship in four years with a fourth-quarter rally.


And then . . . 

On a second-and-two from their own 33, Brady went back to throw. But he was strip-sacked by Brandon Graham, the ball came loose, the Eagles recovered, and the Patriots' reign atop the National Football League was over. The Eagles added a field goal from Jake Elliott and Brady was faced with a rabbit -- 91 yards from the end zone with less than a minute to play and no time outs -- that he couldn't pull out of his hat. (Though, like in Super Bowl 46 against the Giants, they came within a barely-missed Hail Mary as time expired from having a chance to tie the score.) The result was a 41-33 Philadelphia victory that gave the Eagles their first-ever Super Bowl title and prevented the five-time-champ Pats from tying the Steelers for most Super Bowl crowns.

The strip-sack of Brady tarnished a brilliant performance by the 40-year-old quarterback. He threw for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards and three touchdowns and guided the Pats back from deficits of 15-3, 22-12 and 29-22. 


The Pats defense, however, was not nearly as brilliant. The 41 points New England allowed were more than the Pats allowed in any Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick era. They also surrendered 613 total yards, including 373 through the air to MVP Nick Foles. LeGarrette Blount, a former Patriots running back, rushed 14 times for 90 yards and touchdown.

The Patriots offense did its part. It didn't punt and had no turnovers through three quarters. After playing from behind most of the night, Brady gave New England its first lead of the game, 33-32 on a four-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 9:22 to play.

But on the ensuing drive -- during which the Eagles converted a fourth-and-one near midfield that, had the Pats made a stop, would have all but clinched the victory for New England -- Devin McCourty couldn't keep Zach Ertz from stretching the ball across the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown reception from Foles that wound up being the game winner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report




David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

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David Harris retires after 11 seasons with Jets, Patriots

David Harris's 11-year run in the NFL has come to an end. 

On Friday, the linebacker announced his retirement from the game of football after spending 10 seasons with the Jets and one with the Patriots. 

The Jets drafted Harris with the 47th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he racked up 5 sacks and 127 total tackles. His breakout rookie season was an clear indication of the solid player he would become over the course of his career. 

Although he neither won a Super Bowl, nor made it to a Pro Bowl, the linebacker served as a focal point on a Rex Ryan defense that appeared in two AFC Championships in 2010 and 2011. 

When he was released in 2017, the 34-year-old made a career choice to sign with the Patriots to compete for a Super Bowl.

He didn't go out a champion, but a trip to the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one of the most underrated linebackers of the past decade. 



What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

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What was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving?

Admittedly, the audio is poor but the idea is no less intriguing.

Was Odell Beckham Jr. telling Kyrie Irving at NBA All-Star Weekend that he's trying to go to the Patriots? Or to Boston? Or New England? 

It's 23 seconds into the video below: 

Isaiah Houde of USA TODAY's PatriotsWire interprets it as: "You went to the Celtics and I’m trying to go to New England."

Beckham has had a few Instagram posts about Brady recently, including an exchange of rap lyrics back in December. 


A post shared by Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) on

Unless there's a trade between the Patriots and Giants, Beckham, 25, the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, won't be free to join Kyrie in New England - or was it Boston? - until the four-year deal he signed in 2014 ends after this season. Oh, and as he enters that 2019 season, Tom Brady will be 42.