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Biggest moments of the Eagles' upset over Patriots

Originally Published: February 4, 2018
By ESPN.com Staff

The Philadelphia Eagles upset the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII, their first in franchise history.

We tracked everything you need to know about every part of the game -- from hours before kickoff, through all the action and after the confetti fell, including the best tweets and commercials -- right here, with the most recent notes at the top:

More coverage: Underdogs to champs | No comeback for Pats | Way-too-early Power Rankings | Predictions for 2018

Jump to: Pregame | First half | Halftime | Second half | Postgame


Eagles reactions

Brandon GrahamMatt Becker/ESPNEagles defensive end Brandon Graham celebrates with his family after winning Super Bowl LII.

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Brady and Belichick after the loss

Tom BradyJenn Ackerman for ESPNPatriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves after being defeated in Super Bowl LII.

Bill Belichick, Linda HollidayJenn Ackerman for ESPNPatriots head coach Bill Belichick leaves the locker room and meets his girlfriend Linda Holliday after the game.


Nick Foles named Super Bowl LII MVP


Philly's reward

Eagles fans will get not only a parade this week but also a free beer. Read more.


The range of postgame reactions


Tale of two endings

Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesBrandon Graham celebrates with teammates after forcing a fumble.

BradyAP Photo/Eric GayTom Brady reacts to fumbling at the end of the game.

Eagles win: PHI 41, NE 33


A reminder: It's not over until it's over.



Score: PHI 38, NE 33



Score: NE 33, PHI 32

The Patriots took their first lead of the game after Tom Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to set up Stephen Gostkowski's extra point, moving New England ahead of Philadelphia.


Best commercial of the night?

Players had a range of reactions:


Score: PHI 32, NE 26

Jake Elliott's 42-yard field goal extended Philadelphia's lead early in the fourth quarter.


Score: PHI 29, NE 26

Chris HoganBrace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsPatriots wide receiver Chris Hogan scores a touchdown over Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod during the third quarter.

Score: PHI 29, NE 19


The touchdown didn't come without controversy, though:

 



Score: PHI 22, NE 19


Reaction to Justin Timberlake's halftime performance


End of the first half

The Eagles lead the Patriots 22-12 at halftime. According to FPI, they have a 78 percent chance to win:


Score: PHI 22, NE 12


The Trey Burton-to-Nick Foles connection was stronger than the Danny Amendola-to-Tom Brady attempt:



For some, it's a party. For others, it's work:

Score: PHI 15, NE 12


Celebrities in attendance include Mike Trout, Stephen Curry and Floyd Mayweather. Guy Fieri and Mark Davis are sharing a suite:


The Eagles hit their first big bump in the road in the second quarter:


Score: PHI 15, NE 3

LeGarrette BlountMatt Becker/ESPNEagles running back LeGarrette Blount breaks through Patriots defenders for the touchdown during the second quarter.

Former Patriot LeGarrette Blount, who signed a one-year deal with the Eagles last offseason, already has a 36-yard run and a 21-yard touchdown scamper against his former team. Here's what Blount said last week about facing New England: "Straight enemy mode," he said. "Ain't no friends, no homies, none of that. ... I don't play for the Patriots anymore. I don't watch the Patriots. I don't care about the Patriots."


Patriots No. 1 wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a head injury after taking a big hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. Cooks caught a 23-yard pass over the middle and circled in an attempt to gain extra yardage when he turned to the outside and ran into a thunderous hit by Jenkins.

The hit was legal, according to our experts:



The Patriots missed a 26-yard field goal after Brandin Cooks failed to get a first down on this play early in the second quarter.



End of first quarter

Le'Veon Bell weighs in on the Mountain Dew commercial:


Score: PHI 9, NE 3



Alshon JefferyTim Rasmussen/ESPNEagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hauls in a 31-yard reception for a touchdown in the first quarter of Super Bowl LII.

Following a 3-13 season with the Bears in 2016, Alshon Jeffery raised some eyebrows by saying, "I guarantee you we'll win the Super Bowl next year."

Well, now Jeffery is in the Super Bowl and playing well -- just not with the Bears. Jeffery, who signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia last offseason then got a four-year extension in December, has three catches for 73 yards and a touchdown so far in the first half.


Prop bet update:


Score: NE 3, PHI 3


Score: PHI 3, NE 0



Kickoff


Good thing the roof is closed:


Questions to consider as the game kicks off:



30 minutes until kickoff

National anthem. It's almost game time:


Masks on:

Eagles Underdog fanMatt Becker/ESPNA Philadelphia Eagles fan wearing a dog mask alluding to the underdog mentality of the Eagles.


GronkowskiJoe Amon for ESPNPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski runs on to the field for team warm-ups before the game.


Bill Belichick, Doug PedersonChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesPatriots head coach Bill Belichick and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson shake hands at midfield prior to Super Bowl LII.


One hour until kickoff

Here's why tonight's coin flip is important:


The Eagles and Patriots aren't the only teams facing off in a bowl today:


A reminder of how long it has been since the Eagles won a title:


Diddy in the house:

P DiddyJoe Amon for ESPNSean "P Diddy" Combs smiles on the sideline as he and his son Christian don fur coats.


Two hours until kickoff

Patriots helmets make their way to the field:

Brady HelmetJoe Amon for ESPNPatriots quarterback Tom Brady's helmet is escorted through the tunnel during team warm-ups.

Players are checking on the field and going through early warmups: 

Steven MeansTim Rasmussen/ESPNEagles defensive end Steven Means warms up using the goal posts before the game.

No big surprises on the inactives list tonight:


Here's what Tom Brady had to say about what's to come in 2018


Three hours until kickoff

Nick Foles, coming off a three-touchdown performance in the NFC Championship Game, gets a look at the field:

Tim Rasmussen/ESPNPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles takes the field for warm-ups prior to Super Bowl LII.

Carson Wentz, rehabbing from a torn ACL, is throwing on the field three hours before the game:

Carson WentzCharles LeClaire/USA TODAY SportsPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending injury before the playoffs, took time to throw on the field before Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Not everything at the Super Bowl costs an arm and a leg. These light-up cups are available at every seat: 


Quarterback Tom Brady has arrived for his eighth Super Bowl: 

Tom BradyJenn Ackerman for ESPNNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrives prior to Super Bowl LII and leads the rest of his team to the locker room.

Temperatures are hovering around 0 degrees in Minneapolis, but luckily the game at U.S. Bank Stadium will be played indoors:


Check out our betting cheat sheet, and here's the latest on the big bets around the game:


Four hours until kickoff

Interested in how much everything costs at U.S. Bank Stadium? Here's a quick peek (see more here): 


Did you know that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie grew up as a Patriots fan? Let him explain:

Here's how ESPN NFL analysts Matthew Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson see the game shaping up: 


Five hours until kickoff

Here's Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's advice to the Eagles: 

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz isn't suiting up Sunday night because of a torn ACL he suffered in mid-December, but he posted this message of support for Nick Foles:


In Philadelphia, meanwhile, Rocky is ready. And so are the people assigned to protect city streetlights:


Here's how ESPN's Football Power Index sees the matchup:

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