Super Bowl LII sparks hope

Super Bowl LII sparks hope

Michael McKee, Sports Editor

On February 4 the Philadelphia Eagles outlasted the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII for the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory, something for which Browns fans remain hopeful. At the start of the 2017 NFL season, everyone assumed the Patriots would make it far and maybe even make it to US Bank Stadium, but no one expected the ultimate underdogs to defeat Belichick and Brady in their own game.

After four nail-biting quarters, Philadelphia won Super Bowl LII 41-33. Without quick second play calling and necessary fourth down conversions by Doug Peterson, Philadelphia’s head coach, the win would not have been possible. The game winning play was made by defensive end Brandon Graham, when he strip-sacked Tom Brady in the fourth quarter. The most disappointing play, however, was in the second quarter when New England called a trick throwback reverse play from Danny Amendola to Brady who dropped it. But in a game of one upmanship, Philadelphia ran the same play to Trey Burton to Nick Foles for a touchdown on fourth down, which changed the Patriots’ attitude in the game to a little less confident. When asked to comment on his victory after the game Peterson was shell shocked.

  “It hasn’t really sunk in, but I’m so excited for that locker room,” Peterson told CNN.

This was one of the best Super Bowls I have seen, mainly because the game was not over for either team until the clock hit 00. With the end of the 2017 NFL season, Philadelphia is the world champion, but that does not mean they will be in the 2018 season.

Photo by Rich Graessle. Used with permission.

On a local note, with the Browns going 0-17 in the 2017 season, things do not look too hopeful going into 2018; however, the Eagles were only 7-9 in the 2016 season. While it is a big bet to guess how the Browns will play next season, this Super Bowl has shown that the ultimate underdog can win.