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The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time by beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in an extraordinary encounter in Minneapolis.

On a night when records tumbled and the expected norms of an NFL game went out the window, the Eagles - led majestically by quarterback Nick Foles - produced a brilliant offensive display to deny the Patriots a record-equalling sixth Super Bowl crown.

Zach Ertz's touchdown with less than three minutes remaining put the Eagles into a five-point lead, but it took Brandon Graham's sack on Tom Brady just moments later to seemingly put the game beyond the reigning champions.

Even then the Eagles had to withstand a late march downfield by Brady, but the victory was finally assured when a Hail Mary attempt came to nothing as the clock ticked down to zero.

In a game featuring just one punt and one sack - Graham's key hit on Brady - the action was breathless and, for the most part, unprecedented in NFL history.

Chief among the highlights was the glorious moment when Foles - later named the game's Most Valuable Player - caught a pass from tight end Trey Burton on a gutsy trick play, making him the first player ever to throw and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl.

Foles also threw for three touchdowns from 373 passing yards, the 29-year-old Texan capping off his fairytale rise since being drafted in to replace the injured Carson Wentz three games from the end of the regular season.

Opposite number Brady, meanwhile, is left to wonder just how he failed to add to his five Super Bowl rings despite 505 passing yards - a Super Bowl record - and three touchdown passes.

The explosive nature of the two offences saw the Eagles and Patriots combine for 1,151 yards in total, a record not just for a Super Bowl but for any regular- or post-season game in NFL history. Other notable stats from the game:

The Patriots became the first team in NFL history to put up more than 600 yards of offence in a game and lose.

The Eagles set a new record for the highest number of points conceded by a winning team in the Super Bowl (33).

Brady became the first quarterback in any NFL game to lose after throwing for more than 500 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

One sack in the game tied the Super Bowl record.

Brady was appearing in his record eighth Super Bowl and was bidding to become the first man in the sport's history to win six times.

Brady did at least set a new record for most career touchdowns in Super Bowls, with his three scores taking him to 18 in total.

LeGarrette Blount won the Super Bowl for the second year in succession but with different teams, having been part of the Patriots' victory over the Atalanta Falcons a year ago.

The attendance of 67,612 inside Minneapolis' US Bank Stadium took the combined total attendance at the 52 Super Bowls held so far past the four-million mark.

London-born Jay Ajayi ran for 57 yards for the Eagles as he became a Super Bowl champion just four months after he was traded by the Miami Dolphins.

|BBC

The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl for the first time by beating the New England Patriots 41-33 in an extraordinary encounter in Minneapolis.

On a night when records tumbled and the expected norms of an NFL game went out the window, the Eagles - led majestically by quarterback Nick Foles - produced a brilliant offensive display to deny the Patriots a record-equalling sixth Super Bowl crown.

Zach Ertz's touchdown with less than three minutes remaining put the Eagles into a five-point lead, but it took Brandon Graham's sack on Tom Brady just moments later to seemingly put the game beyond the reigning champions.

Even then the Eagles had to withstand a late march downfield by Brady, but the victory was finally assured when a Hail Mary attempt came to nothing as the clock ticked down to zero.

In a game featuring just one punt and one sack - Graham's key hit on Brady - the action was breathless and, for the most part, unprecedented in NFL history.

Chief among the highlights was the glorious moment when Foles - later named the game's Most Valuable Player - caught a pass from tight end Trey Burton on a gutsy trick play, making him the first player ever to throw and catch a touchdown in a Super Bowl.

Foles also threw for three touchdowns from 373 passing yards, the 29-year-old Texan capping off his fairytale rise since being drafted in to replace the injured Carson Wentz three games from the end of the regular season.

Opposite number Brady, meanwhile, is left to wonder just how he failed to add to his five Super Bowl rings despite 505 passing yards - a Super Bowl record - and three touchdown passes.

The explosive nature of the two offences saw the Eagles and Patriots combine for 1,151 yards in total, a record not just for a Super Bowl but for any regular- or post-season game in NFL history. Other notable stats from the game:

The Patriots became the first team in NFL history to put up more than 600 yards of offence in a game and lose.

The Eagles set a new record for the highest number of points conceded by a winning team in the Super Bowl (33).

Brady became the first quarterback in any NFL game to lose after throwing for more than 500 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

One sack in the game tied the Super Bowl record.

Brady was appearing in his record eighth Super Bowl and was bidding to become the first man in the sport's history to win six times.

Brady did at least set a new record for most career touchdowns in Super Bowls, with his three scores taking him to 18 in total.

LeGarrette Blount won the Super Bowl for the second year in succession but with different teams, having been part of the Patriots' victory over the Atalanta Falcons a year ago.

The attendance of 67,612 inside Minneapolis' US Bank Stadium took the combined total attendance at the 52 Super Bowls held so far past the four-million mark.

London-born Jay Ajayi ran for 57 yards for the Eagles as he became a Super Bowl champion just four months after he was traded by the Miami Dolphins.

|BBC

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