Top 10 most memorable plays from Eagles' Super Bowl win

Top 10 most memorable plays from Eagles' Super Bowl win

Let’s relive the Eagles’ 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl with a collection of photos and videos from the most memorable moments of the game. You may want to bookmark this.

Honorable mention: Patriots’ failed Hail Mary attempt

You could make a case that Tom Brady’s desperation heave as time expired was the most memorable moment of all. Eagles fans will always remember exactly where they were when that pass finally touched the artificial turf and sealed the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. In a way, the finish was emblematic of the entire season. It took a team effort, with nearly all 11 players on the field playing pivotal roles — Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox pressuring Brady and six Eagles defensive backs engulfing Rob Gronkowski. The play was not without drama, either, as the pass pinballed off bodies in the end zone, staying alive for what felt like an eternity, before eventually falling incomplete. It was a special moment, probably worthy of a place on this list.

At the same time, it was highly improbable the Patriots were going to convert on a Hail Mary from 51 yards out, and even then, they still needed a two-point conversion to tie. In terms of Super Bowl lore, this game won’t be remembered for coming down to the last second. It were these 10 plays the Eagles made earlier that made the sweetest of endings possible.

10. Torrey Smith’s helmet catch

In the grand scheme, Smith’s grab wasn’t the most pivotal. Not that it was unimportant — the 15-yard conversion on 3rd-and-12 extended the Eagles’ opening drive, which ultimately ended in three points. It was the manner in which Smith caught the ball, pressing it against the crown of his helmet to secure possession. The play was reminiscent of New York Giants legend David Tyree’s catch 10 years earlier in Super Bowl XLII, which led to the end of the Patriots’ bid for a perfect season.

Smith’s catch wasn’t as significant or difficult as Tyree’s, but you could tell there was magic in the air when he pulled it off. Video doesn’t do it justice.

9. Jake Elliott’s 46-yard field goal

Let’s set the scene: Elliott’s kick put the Eagles ahead by eight points with 65 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the Patriots were out of timeouts. Obviously, it was huge, but missing it would have been enormous. Instead of trailing by a touchdown and a two-point conversion and needing to go the length of the field to score, New England would’ve got the ball back at its own 33-yard line, only down by five. Nine times out of 10, Brady will find a way to beat you in that scenario.

Elliott made two extra points and three field goals in the contest, but none more important than this. When it came time to drive a nail into the Patriots’ coffin, the 23-year-old rookie kicker had ice water running through his veins.

8. Corey Clement’s 22-yard touchdown reception

Unfortunately, a long official review in addition to Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels’ insistence this play wouldn’t stand hurts its memorability. It’s a shame, because it may have been the most impressive throw and catch of the entire game. I mean, the window Nick Foles fit this pass into was small and Marquis Flowers was draped all over Clement as the ball arrived. It was a huge play that responded to a Patriots touchdown out of the halftime break and put the Eagles up 29-19 in the third quarter.

Sure, there is a little bobble. It was replay-worthy. There is also no way to definitively say Clement didn’t have control with two feet inbounds. Be sure to thank the announce team for killing the mood on this one.

By the way, Clement finished with four receptions for 100 yards, including a 55-yard catch and run to set up play No. 7 on our list.

7. LeGarrette Blount rumbles 21 yards for a touchdown

Arguably, this wasn't even Blount’s most impressive carry of the night as he ripped off a 36-yard gain earlier. Only this time, the former Patriot took it to the house, running through a Duron Harmon tackle attempt on his way across the goal line. The run gave the Eagles a 15-3 second-quarter lead, and, the irony of Blount's coming back to haunt his old team is not lost. He finished with 90 yards on 14 attempts.

Another great aspect of this play was longtime Eagles tight end Brent Celek, the most tenured player on the roster, making one of the key blocks to spring Blount. Celek didn’t have a catch, nor was he targeted, but his presence was felt in the Super Bowl.

6. Rodney McLeod powerbombs Brandin Cooks

One of the game’s unsung heroes, McLeod twice prevented early Patriots touchdowns. The veteran safety made a shoestring tackle on Gronkowski to stop a walk-in touchdown, after which the Eagles were able to force New England to settle for three. Then, on the very next possession, McLeod sniffed out the jet sweep to Brandin Cooks on 3rd-and-2 and beat the wide receiver to the sticks. What happened next was something out of WWE.

Cooks attempted a hurdle, but McLeod caught him in mid-air and planted him back to the turf for no gain. The Patriots botched the ensuing field goal, allowing the Eagles to maintain their 9-3 lead in the second quarter.

It was one of six tackles for McLeod. Amazingly, it wasn’t the worst thing that happened to Cooks.

5. Malcolm Jenkins absolutely demolishes Cooks

No decent human being is rooting for injuries, but we all know football is a violent sport, and while you hope Cooks is okay, this was a legal play by Jenkins.

Cooks was looking to add to a wide-open 23-yeard reception, but failed to account for Jenkins. The wideout cut in search of open space, but ran right into the Pro Bowl safety coming at full speed and their helmets collided. It would be the end of Cooks’ night. Four players later, the Patriots turned the ball over on downs and the Eagles still led 9-3 in the second.

Unfortunate as the result was, injuries are a part of the game. There’s no question this one altered the contest, as Cooks is New England’s best deep threat.

4. Alshon Jeffery hauls in a 34-yard touchdown

There was some debate as to whether Jeffery is a “true No. 1 wide receiver.” Pretty sure we can close the book on that conversation.

Whatever Jeffery is, he was unreal on this grab. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound wideout was physically dominant, boxing out Eric Rowe before skying over him for the TD reception. The concentration was impeccable, too, as Jeffery got both feet in bounds and without even the slightest bit of ball movement in his hands. It was the first touchdown of the game and gave the Eagles their 9-3 lead in the first quarter. It set the tone for the rest of the contest.

Jeffery made his three catches count as they accounted for 73 yards and that TD.

3. Zach Ertz scores game-winning touchdown

Try as they might have, Michaels and Collinsworth couldn’t ruin this one. Ertz collected his seventh reception of the night, an 11-yard slant. Then he took three steps and dove into the end zone, temporarily losing possession of the football. The play went for an official review, and because of all the controversy over the NFL’s catch rule, the announcers weren’t confident the play would stand. Sanity prevailed, and the Eagles retook the lead with 2:21 to play in the fourth quarter.

They would never look back.

2. Graham’s strip sack

When Graham finally got to Brady for the Eagles’ first sack of the game and Derek Barnett subsequently recovered the loose football with 2:09 left to play, it started to feel real. Perhaps the most important play in franchise history — but not quite the most memorable.

1. 'The Philly Special'

This one requires no introduction.

Nick Foles’ final Super Bowl LII line: 28 for 43, 373 yards, three touchdown passes, one Super Bowl MVP... and a one-yard touchdown reception from Trey Burton to complete the most incredible play in Eagles history.

Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

Bryce Harper meets some Philly sports legends at the Sixers game

The new big man in town, Bryce Harper, went to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to take in the Sixers game against the Milwaukee Bucks. He rubbed shoulders with some of the previous biggest (little) men in town.

Harper was in attendance and rang the bell prior to tip-off — something he'll surely do many times during Phillies games across the street this summer.

When Harper made his way to his seat in a suite, he was seated alongside Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Rhys Hoskins was also in the suite as were all of the aforementioned players' significant others. Talk about some serious Philly sports firepower right there.

And then later in the game, the Sixers shared an image of a couple of legendary No. 3s meeting in the bowels of the Center. I'd love to hear the conversation between Allen Iverson and Harper.

Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was also in the building, sitting a bit closer to the court. Rapper Meek Mill was also in the building and took a photo with A.I. Which got me wondering: What's the perfect storm of Philly sports stardom in a Rat Pack sort of way? Obviously you had Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on the court last night. In terms of the Flyers, aside from Gritty, you'd have to go Claude Giroux or maybe a fun-loving guy like Scott Hartnell from years past? Recently retired players that could fit the bill from other teams would have to include Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and maybe Pat Burrell just for fun. Is anyone in recent Eagles memory a bigger name than Brian Dawkins? He'd fill the fedora quotient. Nick Foles could be fun in a clean and wholesome sort of way.

My Philly sports Rat Pack would consist of A.I., Simmons, Embiid, Kendall Jenner, Wentz, Jason Kelce and Gritty. We got a good portion of that in the building last night.

Who is in your Philly sports Rat Pack?

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Nationals fans don’t get to be mad at Bryce Harper

Nationals fans don’t get to be mad at Bryce Harper

They can boo him. They can even hate him. But there’s absolutely no way Washington Nationals fans can fault Bryce Harper.

Sportswriters instructed Nats fans not to show up to the stadium unless they plan to boo Harper. Metro TV personalities smashed a pinata with the six-time All-Star’s photograph. Fans destroyed their No. 34 jerseys and showed up to the ballpark with signs that read “traitor.” The mayor of Washington D.C. took to social media to compare a baseball player to Benedict Arnold.

And yet, on Monday it was revealed in The Washington Post that the Nationals didn't just offer Harper less money and fewer years than the Phillies. The structure of the 10-year, $300 million contract proposed in September would’ve deferred payment on $100 million – 33 percent of the total value – until 2052. Then, in January, the club followed up with an even worse deal: 12 years, $250 million that wouldn’t be fully paid until the year 2072.

Harper would be 79 in 2072, assuming he lived that long.

There’s loyalty and hometown discounts. Then there’s situations that just don’t make sense.

Now seems like a good time to point out the Nationals are owned by Ted Lerner, whose own net worth is estimated to be in the multi billions. The team has done pretty well for itself at the gate, finishing 11th in Major League Baseball in average attendance in 2018 despite some of the highest ticket prices in the game. And while the TV contract is in dispute, the organization will eventually claim hundreds of millions of dollars in right fees dating back to 2012.

The money was there. Even without Harper, the Nationals have the seventh-largest payroll in baseball this season – never mind management’s inability to construct a winning team with that checkbook.

Why is this coming back on the player?

It’s one thing for fans to suggest a professional athlete should consider taking less money. It’s quite another to argue the athlete should sign a contract where a sizable portion of the cash might be paid when he’s living in a nursing home.

On some level, this is all reminiscent of when Jayson Werth pulled a reverse-Harper and left the Phillies to sign with the NL East rival Nationals in in 2011. The Phillies chose to allocate finances in such a way the club decided it would only retain Werth for below-market value, so he left. Fans weren’t happy, and he was booed every time he came to town.

But Werth wasn’t a generational talent. He was a cog, people ultimately understood he got a better deal, plus letting him go meant the Phillies could re-sign Cliff Lee, for example.

The Nationals let the face of baseball leave D.C. without a serious offer, and all they got was the money to sign Patrick Corbin.

Hey, it happens, and Nats fans should boo Harper for all 13 years in red pinstripes, the same as any Philly fan would in their shoes.

Just don’t cry Harper is a traitor. He’s in a Phils uniform because the Nationals screwed up, and the only place fingers need to be pointed is directly at the front office.

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