The Philadelphia Eagles are underdogs no longer. After being underdogs in each playoff game this season, the Eagles topped the New England Patriots 41-33, on Sunday night in Super Bowl 52 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nick Foles found Zach Ertz with 2:21 left on the clock for the game-winning touchdown pass, which was the backup quarterbacks' third of the game, leading his team to their first championship since they won the 1960 NFL Championship. Foles threw for 373 yards and even caught a touchdown pass en route to being named Super Bowl MVP. That winning 11-yard touchdown pass ended a 75-yard winning drive, as the Eagles added to the lead with a field goal after forcing a fumble on the first sack of the night on Tom Brady. The Patriots had one last-ditch effort at a Hail Mary attempt to Rob Gronkowski, which was batted away by four defenders. The loss for the Pats come despite Brady's 505 passing yards and two scoring passes to Gronkowski, as the QB fell to 5-3 in Super Bowls. The battle of two impressive defenses broke an unpredictable record for total combined yards in a regular or postseason game in NFL history at 1,151 yards. With both teams near the top of the Super Bowl odds for next season, there are questions on both sides. First, in Philly, will Carson Wentz still have a job when he returns from injury? And for the Pats, how much more does the Brady/Belichick era have left?
Thunder Fall to Lakers for Fourth Straight Loss
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been one of the more streaky teams this season, and right now, they are on a streak that they need to end soon. The Thunder fell to the Los Angeles Lakers at home Sunday afternoon, 108-104, for their fourth straight loss. Brook Lopez had 20 points and Julius Randle added 19 for the Lakers, who made 13 three-pointers on the afternoon. Jordan Clarkson added 18 points and Brandon Ingram 16, as Los Angeles have now won six of their past eight games. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook's 36 points went to waste for the Thunder, who saw their 11-game win streak against the Lakers come to an end. Paul George scored 26 for Oklahoma City, who have dropped four of five games since losing Andre Roberson to a season-ending patellar tendon injury. They will have to take this losing streak in to a tough road matchup with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. The Lakers' road trip continues when they take on the Phoenix Suns that same night.
Celtics Edge Blazers at the Buzzer
The Boston Celtics have been without Kyrie Irving for three games now due to a quad injury, but that didn't hold them back from earning a quality home win on Sunday afternoon. Al Horford beat the buzzer with a jumper to lift the Celtics over the Portland Trail Blazers, 97-96. Horford ended up leading his team with 22 points and 10 rebounds, as the Boston crowd was able to celebrate for a little bit before their football team fell later in the night. The 15-foot game-winner was the third of the veteran's career and second of the season for him, as he sent his team to their fourth straight victory. On the defensive end, the Celtics were able to hold Portland's leading scorer, Damian Lillard, to just 6-for-19 shooting. Lillard did score his team's final eight points and finished with 21 in the game, while C.J. McCollum led the team with 22 points in their 24th loss. The Blazers are right back at it on Monday night when they visit the new-look Detroit Pistons. Meanwhile the Celtics hope to have Irving back for the battle of the top two teams in the East when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.