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Patriots Dethroned by Eagles in Wild Super Bowl Shootout 41-33; Dynasty Over for New England?

There have been other soul crushing losses in the history of the Patriots franchise, but Sunday night in Minnesota it could have been the end of a dynasty that no one could have seen coming.

The result of Super Bowl LII was a rather stunning 41-33 loss to the underdog Philadelphia Eagles, a team that ran (and threw) all over the Pats all night to the tune of 538 yards and 25 first downs.

What might have been worse was the fact that the loss wasted a historic effort by Tom Brady, the Pats QB who threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Pats amass over 600 yards of offense in a game that looked more like an Arena Football affair then an NFL game to end the season.

The Pats were unable all night to stop the Eagles and their backup QB Nick Foles, he torched the Pats for 373 yards and three scores with one pick, but put a drive together to win the game with a perfect throw to tight end Zach Ertz.

“We put in guys who we thought would make plays in the right situation,” Pats now former DC Matt Patricia said.

The following drive could have been one that changed the course of history, but instead Brady was hit and fumbled, and the Pats recovered it.

Rookie kicker Jake Elliott nailed a field goal to make it 41-33 with less than a minute to play.

The Pats tried a trick play on the kickoff, trying a reverse that clearly the Eagles knew was coming or had planned for. Brady and the offense were able to get to about midfield, but on a final gasp effort a Hail Mary fell incomplete, giving the title for the first time ever to the Eagles.

Brady and the Pats took a lead when he hit Rob Gronkowski for 4 yards and a score before Stephen Gostkowski’s extra point gave New England its first lead, 33-32 midway through the fourth quarter.

From there, it was Foles who came up big in the prime time spotlight, hitting big throws including one on 4th-and-1 near midfield in order to keep the ball and the drive alive.

If the Pats dynasty will continue remains to be seen, but with losing two coordinators and who knows what players, the best the Pats have played may finally be over.

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