What they're saying: Players, celebrities and more react to wild Super Bowl LII

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What they're saying: Players, celebrities and more react to wild Super Bowl LII

This one will go down in history. In one of the most wild games in football history, the Eagles, led by backup quarterback Nick Foles, took down Tom Brady and the Patriots, 41-33, to win Super Bowl LII. 

Check out how the sports world is reacting to the incredible game. 

Third Brady-Belichick Super Bowl loss brings the worst in recency bias

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Third Brady-Belichick Super Bowl loss brings the worst in recency bias

This is directed specifically at our brethren and sistren at NBC Sports Boston, especially the noted troublemakers Phil Perry and Tom Curran, who cover the New England Patriots on a daily basis.

This result proves that Bill Walsh is better than Bill Belichick. This also proves that Joe Montana is better than Tom Brady. I mean, I think that’s how Legacy Bingo works, right?

The Philadelphia Eagles won the title of Super Bowl Pinball Wizard Sunday night in a 41-33 victory over the Patriots that will be remembered mostly as a grand night for bettors over the bookies, a glorious rebirth for Nick Foles, a difficult night for the Philadelphia Police Department, and an addition to the long-running series of “Long Suffering Cities Finally Getting Theirs” that began in 2004 in Boston and moving to Chicago’s South Side, Chicago’s North Side, Cleveland, The Bay Area West and East and Houston.

What it doesn’t mean, of course, is that Belichick and Brady have been diminished by the result of Sunday’s game, except by idiot talkmongers and manure sculptors who believe that recency bias is the same as scientific method.

This game made a mockery of defensive strength and elevated the new era. They were proud NBA combatants at a time when America’s youth is turning from football to basketball as their organized amusement of choice. The Eagles won, and if you need that to mean that the Patriots lost, go ahead. Nobody’s going to be mean to you . . . as long as you stay off social media. Social media is where scum goes to multiply.

But part of the new world order is diminishing the team with fewer points and castigating it and its denizens to the seventh circle of hell, and we want you to be happy, even if that means you have to deny the past by elevating the very recent past.

So Walsh and Montana. Or Brown and Graham, or Lombardi and Starr, or Noll and Bradshaw, or take your pick. Your favorites are now supposed to be better than New England’s favorites because that’s how this nonsense works. The last team to lose is filth because we want it to mean that.

But at least this way, we can hold Curran and Phil Perry and all our pals in Boston responsible. You people did this, and you will reap the whirlwind.

In fact, let’s double down on stupid AND kneejerk and say, “This wouldn’t have happened if Jimmy Garoppolo was still there.” I mean, if that’s the game we must play to remain down with the millenials, so be it.

Besides, we also have NBC Sports Philadelphia, and they’re the best people ever. I know this. I just read the box score.

Foles lets it fly, leads Eagles to franchise's first Super Bowl win

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Foles lets it fly, leads Eagles to franchise's first Super Bowl win

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia Eagles' flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy.

In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Etrz with 2:21 to go Sunday night. Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33.

Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered, setting up rookie Jake Elliot's 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead.

Brady got his team to midfield, but his desperation pass fell to the ground in the end zone.

The underdog Eagles (16-3), even injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz, came bolting off the sideline in ecstasy while Brady sat on the ground, disconsolate.

It was the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia (16-3), which went from 7-9 last season to the franchise's first NFL title since 1960.

Super Bowl MVP Foles orchestrated it with the kind of drive NFL MVP Brady, a five-time champion, is known for. The Eagles covered 75 yards on 14 plays and had to survive a video replay because Ertz had the ball pop into the air as he crossed the goal line.

The touchdown stood — and so did thousands of green-clad Eagles fans who weren't going to mind the frigid conditions outside US Bank Stadium once they headed out to celebrate.

But not before a rousing rendition of "Fly Eagles Fly" reverberated throughout the stands once the trophy was presented to owner Jeffrey Lurie. Later, fans danced along with the "Gonna Fly Now," the theme from "Rocky," the city's best-known fictional underdog.

The Patriots (15-4) seemed ready to take their sixth championship with Brady and coach Bill Belichick in eight Super Bowls. Brady threw for a game-record 505 yards and three TDs, hitting Rob Gronkowski for 4 yards before Stephen Gostkowski's extra point gave New England its first lead, 33-32.

Then Foles made them forget Wentz — and least for now — with the gutsiest drive of his life, including a fourth-down conversion to Ertz at midfield.

Foles has been something of a journeyman in his six pro seasons, but has been spectacular in four career playoff games. He finished 28 of 43 for 373 yards and three TDs.

The combined 1,151 yards were the most in any modern NFL game, and Brady's 505 were the most in any playoff contest. The 40-year-old master finished 28 of 48 and picked apart the Eagles until the final two series.

It was such a wild game that Foles caught a touchdown pass, and Brady was on the opposite end of a Danny Amendola throw that went off his fingertips.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson brought home the championship in his second year in charge. Belichick is 5-3 in Super Bowls and his teams have only a plus-4 overall margin in those games.

So this one was in keeping with that trend: thrilling and even a bit bizarre.