How did the Eagles beat Tom Brady at his best?

How did the Eagles beat Tom Brady at his best?

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Tom Brady was nearly perfect. This time, it wasn't enough.

Brady had the greatest passing day in Super Bowl history — actually the greatest passing day in NFL postesason history — but for the third time in his Hall of Fame career, he lost a Super Bowl.

"We had our opportunities," Brady said Sunday. "We just never really got control of the game. Never really played on our terms. Just didn't make plays when we needed to."

Brady passed for a playoff-record 505 yards, but his fumble late on a Brandon Graham strip sack in the fourth quarter with the Patriots down by five ruined a nearly perfect performance (see story).

"They made a good play," he said. "They made a lot of good plays today.

"I was just holding the ball trying to get it downfield. Those guys had a good rush and got in there and made a good play. They've been doing it all year. I knew they had a good rush, they made a good play at the right time. They made one good play at the right time."

In all, the Patriots piled up 613 yards of offense, the most in NFL history in a loss.

"I thought we were competitive," Brady said. "But we just obviously didn't get the job done."

Brady's 505 yards broke the NFL postseason record of 489 set by Bernie Kosar of the Browns against the Jets in 1986 and broke the Super Bowl record of 466 that Brady set last year.

It also broke Jon Kitna's record of 446 passing yards against the Eagles. The most previous yards in a playoff game against the Eagles was Daunte Culpepper's 316 in the 2004 conference semifinal round.

Brady clipped that by 189 yards.

"We were pretty effective tonight," Brady said. "Just didn't score more points than the other team."

Brady finished 28 for 46 for 505 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

It was only the sixth 500-yard, three-TD, zero-INT performance in NFL history, regular season or playoffs.

"Tom's a legend," said Rob Gronkowski, one of three Patriots who surpassed 100 receiving yards. "Fighting all day long, throwing for 500 yards, every touchdown … we just keep on fighting until the end. We went all 60 minutes but it wasn't enough."

Brady is now 5-3 in Super Bowls, with all three losses coming to NFC East teams.

Brady completed a remarkable 10 passes of 20 yards or more, plus three more of 17 yards or more.

"Losing sucks," Brady said. "That's part of it. You try to win, and sometimes you lose. That's the way it goes."

Before Sunday, only one quarterback — Kurt Warner in 2008 against the Steelers — had thrown for 370 yards with three touchdowns in a Super Bowl.

Sunday, Foles and Brady both did it (more on Foles here).

"He's one of the greatest of all-time," Foles said. "Guy does it right. He's been unbelievable. He was unbelievable tonight. I can't say enough about him."

But in the end, it was Foles heading to Disney World, and Brady heading back to Foxboro (see photos).

"It's tough to lose these games," Brady said. "Disappointed. Wish we could have done a better job. We fought through to the end. I give the Eagles a lot of credit. They played a great game. They've got a great team. They played really well."

Nick Foles vs. Tom Brady matchup headlines Eagles' 2nd preseason game

Nick Foles vs. Tom Brady matchup headlines Eagles' 2nd preseason game

Will it actually finally happen? Will Tom Brady actually shake Nick Foles’ hand?

That might be the biggest drama going into the Eagles’ second preseason game, Thursday night against the Patriots at Gilette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Brady famously blew off Foles after the Eagles beat the Patriots in Super Bowl LII Feb. 6 in Minneapolis.

Instead of meeting his counterpart at midfield for the customary postgame handshake, Brady slunk back to the Patriots’ locker room, never to be seen again.

Foles has downplayed the lack of a postgame handshake, but it was definitely perceived by many as a lack of class by the four-time Super Bowl MVP toward the 2017 Super Bowl MVP.

“It’ll happen when it happens,” Foles said after practice Tuesday. “We practiced with the Patriots (in 2014) and I got to stand there and talk to Tom quite a bit he’s a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him.

“I think everyone’s making a big deal about this and it’s not a big deal at all. I’ve already talked to him before, he’s a guy I’ve always looked up to. You’ve got to admire someone who’s probably the greatest ever and still going strong at even at his age.

“He seems to get better and better. I already had a conversation with him before when we practiced. If we have one in the future, we have one and it’ll be cool.”

Foles didn’t play in the preseason opener against the Steelers because of neck spasms, but he’s practiced this week and will start Thursday night in Foxboro.

Head coach Doug Pederson wouldn’t say how long Foles will play or which of the other quarterbacks would play.

“I do expect him to get in the game,” Pederson said. “For how long I don't know, but I do expect him to get a few plays in this game.”

Obviously, Carson Wentz won’t play and presumably Christian Hackenberg isn’t ready, so Pederson will have Foles, Nate Sudfeld and Joe Callahan available.

And even though Foles won’t say it, there is a certain irony that he’s making his 2018 debut against the team he beat six months ago in one of the most exciting and dramatic Super Bowls in history.

“Pretty familiar with the opponent,” Foles deadpanned.

But as far as seeing deep meaning in a Super Bowl rematch? Foles isn’t having any of it.

“We’re in training camp right now, we’re grinding through it, we’re growing as a team, we have new players, guys rotating in and out, so you stay pretty busy throughout the day.

“Now that we’re getting closer to gametime, we’ll be honing in on who they are and what they do, what coverages they like, what they like to do on defense, but not any reminiscing.

“This is a new season, new people, new players. Obviously we wear the same logos as last year but we both have a new identity. This is the time of year we grow together as a team and that’s really all I’m focusing on.”

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