The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions.
What a sentence that is to write, and to read after just having written. What a game that was to watch against the New England Patriots. It’s the first Super Bowl I can ever remember where I watched every quarter without losing any interest. It only kept getting more intense, particularly in those last ten and final five minutes. Yet Nick Foles and the Eagles came out on top, never failing to respond to Tom Brady’s 600+ yards of offense. But Tom Brady ran out of time, and the Eagles entered the history books with their first championship in 57 years. Doug Pederson’s coaching was bold, confident, and at times incredible. I don’t remember watching an Eagles team play like this before.
As I’m reading through reaction on Twitter, someone shared the photo below of the incredible multitude of Philadelphians who have flooded South Broad Street to celebrate together:
Early in the game, Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels cut to a shot of a 99-year old Philadelphia Eagles fan in US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. I didn’t catch the man’s name, if they shared it. I’m thinking of that 99-year old man right now, who’s been attending Eagles games since 1933 after the Frankford Yellow Jackets dissolved and the Eagles were born, and I’m imagining what a smile that old man must have on his face tonight.