Philadelphia Eagles tight end, ZACH ERTZ, drives for a first down after catching a pass from NICK FOLES in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. The Eagles went on to win their first Super Bowl 41-33.
Nick Foles rose to the occasion defeating the greatest quarterback ever to play in the NFL, Tom Brady by a score of 41-33.
Nick Foles, the backup quarterback who took over as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback only after an injury to Carson Wentz in Week 14, completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he even caught a touchdown pass in an offensive effort that few predicted he was capable of coming into the game. He repeatedly converted third down opportunities, threw aggressively into coverage all game, and appeared every bit as poised and confident as Brady, the five-time champion on the other side of the field.
The Eagles had offensive stars all over the field, with LeGarrette Blount rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown, Corey Clement contributing 108 yards of total offense, and Nelson Agholor catching 9 passes for 84 yards. But it was Zach Ertz, Foles’s favorite target, who got the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter when he dove over Devin McCourty for a thrilling 11-yard touchdown pass that stood up to a long review by the officials who were trying to determine if he had possession of the ball before it shot out of his hands in the end zone. Ertz finished the day with 7 catches for 67 yards.
Foles is the first player in NFL history to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl.