Harland Kissel and Julian Galleta
The Super Bowl made history this year for two reasons: The Philadelphia Eagles beat the favored New England Patriots, and it was the first Super Bowl held in Minnesota’s new stadium. Freshman Tyler Aitken was excited that the Eagles won their first Super Bowl, after losing to the Patriots in 2005. “It was such an exciting game, and Nick Foles led his team to victory. He deserved the MVP and he got it,” said Aitken
Many students wanted the Eagles to win because they like the team, or they just don’t like the Patriots. Aitken predicted an Eagles win “because they have a better set of options of offense.” Senior Lexi Gambacorto agreed with Aitken, citing rumors of cheating associated with the Patriots. “The Patriots are little cheaters, like is the ball deflated? I don’t know,” she said.
However, freshman Samson Myshrall predicted a New England win; “the Patriots are gonna destroy the Eagles because they have Tom Brady,” he said. He also joked in his prediction of the score: “70-0 Pats.”
The Eagles demolished the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game, winning 38-7. The Patriots were heavily favored to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship game, but the Jags played their hearts out and nearly beat the Patriots, as they were up 20-10 in the fourth quarter. But in the end, the Pats pulled off yet another comeback victory and shocked the country, winning the game with a final score of 24-20. Finally, the Patriots somewhat “magical” run ended after being defeated by the Eagles 41-33 in the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl LII was one of the most intense yet, as both teams shattered records in front of 67,000 fans. Some of the records included 1,151 total yards combined, and the most yards by a quarterback in a postseason game, which was set by Tom Brady with 505 yards. The Eagles took the lead early on, and were still leading by half time. The real action started in the second half. The Patriots outscored the Eagles 14-7 in the third quarter, and cut the lead to 3, trailing 29-26. They then went up 33-32 after a touchdown catch by tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Eagles took the lead back after a controversial touchdown catch by tight end Zach Ertz, and went up 38-33.
The Pats went scoreless the rest of the fourth quarter, and the Eagles made a field goal. Tom Brady looked poised for another one of his last minute comebacks after the Eagles gave the Patriots the ball back with just over 2 minutes left in the game. However a game-saving strip sack by Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham made the Eagles the 2018 Super Bowl Champs with a score of 41-33.
Justin Timberlake performed at halftime, singing a medley of his seven most popular songs from the last few years: “Cry Me A River,” “Suit and Tie,” his most popular song “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and many more. Many students felt disappointed this year with the performances. “I really just don’t like Justin Timberlake,” said Myshrall.
Myshrall remained positive after the Patriots’ loss. “They’ll come back and win the next year, like they do every year,” he said. Even though his team lost, he enjoyed other parts of the Super Bowl, such as the commercials. “I liked the Eli Manning and Odell Beckham one, and the Mountain Dew and Doritos one,” he said. Aitken had a different opinion on his favorite commercial. “I liked the Tide commercials,” he said. In the end, the Super Bowl was watched by many people here at J-D, and it was definitely one to remember.