Both were lit up Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The second fourth-down conversion came with under six minutes remaining after the Patriots had taken a 33-32 lead. Pederson chose to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 45-yard line. Foles completed a 2-yard pass to tight end Zach Ertz to keep the drive alive. Ertz later dove into the end zone for what was a controversial 11-yard score with 2:21 remaining.
Blitzing did not work for either team — Foles was 6 of 10 for 134 yards and a touchdown when blitzed in the first half. Brady’s quick release allowed him to pick apart the Eagles. The Eagles pass rush was just a hair too late getting to Brady and he made them pay. Brady had 276 passing yards in the first half alone and kept it going in the second half with a pair of touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski. A 4-yard toss to Gronkowski with 9:22 remaining gave New England its only lead of the game.
“I’ve got the best players in the world and it’s a resilient group,” Pederson told NBC Sports following the game. “We just wanted to stay aggressive … and let our playmakers make plays.”
Here are three reasons why the Patriots lost:
1. Non-existent defense in crucial moments — The Patriots allowed 538 total yards of offense. Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns (his interception was mostly a fluke due to Alshon Jeffery trying to make a circus catch), and LeGarrette Blount added 90 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against his former team.
Bill Belichick opted to bench Malcolm Butler in this Cheap Hockey Jerseys game due to a “coach’s decision” but New England looked like it could have used him out on the field. Philadelphia consistently picked up chunk yardage and the Patriots got lost in coverage, allowing uncharacteristic touchdowns.
2. The offensive line struggled to protect Brady — Yes, Brady Wholesale NFL Jerseys threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns, nearly setting a Super Bowl record, but the QB was hit repeatedly, especially in the first half when he looked like a training dummy in a car safety commercial.