When the Eagles lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy on February 4, 2018, it sparked jubilant scenes on the streets of Philadelphia. The Eagles were 41-33 winners against the New England Patriots in a thrilling contest at the US Bank Stadium in Minnesota.
The win marked the end of a long wait for Super Bowl glory, with their last NFL Championship coming in 1960. In this article, we will re-live their road to glory on the sport’s biggest stage, including the setbacks along the way as coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman finally secured the holy grail.
A less than positive start to the 2020/21 season has seen the Eagles drift out to 67.0 in the NFL odds on bet365, but the Eagles started the 2017/18 campaign fast, with nine wins from their first ten outings. It included a 30-17 away victory against the Washington Redskins and although defeat would follow in week two at Kansas City Chiefs, the Birds bounced back in fine style, winning their next eight.
Narrow wins over the New York Giants and then the Los Angeles Chargers proved the Eagles could hold their nerve, and they followed that with a comfortable win at the Linc against the Arizona Cardinals.
Back on the road, the Eagles extended their record to 5-1 with a 28-23 victory against Carolina Panthers, before returning to the Linc and sealing back-to-back-to-back wins against the Redskins the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos. It meant they headed into their week ten bye with an impressive 8-1 return.
Bumps in the road
The win streak continued after the break with commanding displays against the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears, but the run of nine victories was ended at Seattle, who inflicted a 24-10 defeat on the Eagles and a much-needed reality check while at it.
Again, the Birds bounced back, taking their next three against the LA Rams, the Giants and the Oakland Raiders, but defeat on the final day of the regular season, by 0-6 at home to the Cowboys saw the Eagles head into the play-offs on the back of an L.
But three defeats from 16 was enough to top NFC East ahead of the Cowboys, with sidelined QB Carson Wentz leading on passing yards and passing touchdowns. Other stand-out performers during the regular season were LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Jake Elliott, Kenjon Barner, Nigel Bradham, Brandon Graham, Chris Long and Patrick Robinson, who made up the remainder of the team’s leaders.
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Awaiting the Eagles in the Divisional play-offs were the Atlanta Falcons and victory was sealed by 15 to 10 on a tense evening at the Linc. Happily, the NFC Championship was secured in much more convincing fashion eight days later with an emphatic display and 31-point win over the Minnesota Vikings.
That victory set up a date with destiny in Minneapolis. The Eagles would face the New England Patriots for a chance to make history, and make it third time lucky after the team had tasted defeat on the big stage on two previous occasions, most recently to the Patriots just 13 years prior.
Their name in history
But there was to be no heartache this time around. The Eagles won the first two quarters to establish a half-time lead of 21 to 12. Elliott’s field goal got the ball rolling for the Birds before Alshon Jeffery crossed for a 34-yard touchdown reception from back-up QB Nick Foles.
Blount’s 21-yard touchdown run extended the Eagles’ advantage before Foles crossed. Elliott’s kick was good to hand the Birds a nine-point advantage at the half-way point. And although the Patriots quickly cut the Eagles’ lead, the Iggles never trailed.
Touchdowns from Clements and Ertz made sure of victory and ensured the squad would go down in Philly history.
In 2018, backup QB Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl title over the Patriots 🏆 pic.twitter.com/wzBHdQefbz
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