One of the biggest upsets to start off the 2018 year in the world of sports occurred yesterday when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LII 41-33.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was not afraid to turn backup quarterback Nick Foles loose on the Patriots defense last night. In the big win against the Patriots, Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdown passes; he also caught a receiving touchdown as well.
Coach Pederson did something that both Atlanta and Jacksonville could not do which was to play with no fear against the Patriots. The Falcons had a 25-point lead on the Patriots, but you just felt like something was about to go wrong.
When you face a team like New England, you must know when to be aggressive and when not to. Usually, when a ball club losses their starting quarterback such as the caliber of Carson Wentz, they become very conservative with their backup.
They do not allow them to make any explosive plays which usually hinders the offense. That was not the case with Nick Foles last night. He took advantage of a weak Patriots defense that had one of it’s best defenders Malcolm Butler on the sideline for the majority of the contest.
Foles outstanding performance allowed him to earn the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player Award. You can now add Nick Foles name to the list of backup quarterbacks that step in and played lights out on the National Football League’s biggest stage.
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