|Nick Foles just lived a Philadelphia story more unrealistic than Rocky. A backup, journeyman quarterback walks into a full-on shoot-out with Tom Brady and walks out as a Super Bowl MVP with three touchdown passes (and one touchdown catch). And it’s not like Brady and the Pat’s offense had a bad night. From FiveThirtyEight: “In Super Bowl LII on Sunday night, the New England Patriots racked up 613 yards, the most ever for a team in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady threw for 505 yards, which was the most by a quarterback in playoff history. The Patriots didn’t punt once in the entire game.” The Eagles’ Offense Needed To Be Virtually Flawless. And It Was. Indeed. It’s just too bad that Al Michaels had already used his best-ever line: “Do you believe in miracles?”
+ Nick Foles reflects on the victory (and a lot more): “I’m not perfect, I’m not Superman. I might be in the NFL, and we might have just won the Super Bowl, but I still have daily struggles … And that’s really just been the message, simple. If something’s going on in your life and you’re struggling, embrace it, because you’re growing.”
+ “Target left bunch, Philly special.” SI’s Peter King takes you inside the play that epitomized the Eagles’ season.
+ The city of Philadephia still exists. So the postgame celebration didn’t quite live up to the most negative hype. But there was some, er, celebrating. Even the most experienced Philly fan probably didn’t expect an exuberant reveler to commemorate the moment by eating horse shit. From Fly Eagles Fly, to Why, Philly, Why?
+ “They just flipped a car over here. If you could get a medical response team over here, I’d greatly appreciate it.” After the game, thousands of internet citizens were transfixed by the live broadcast of the Philly Police Scanner. (Philly Police Scanner last night was White House Reporters every night.)
+ Timberlake? Meh. Justin Timberlake’s Anti-Spectacular Super Bowl,The pop star’s underachievement came off all the weaker with a tribute to the perfectionist Prince.
+ Here’s a look at some of the most notable ads, from the solid Doritos rap battle to the remarkably tone-deaf idea of using an MLK speech to market a Dodge truck. (How bad was MLK ad? In the speech they excerpted, King specifically criticized car advertisements.)
+ And for Pats fans feeling the morning after blues, there was this message from Gisele to her kids: “Daddy won five times. They never won before. Their whole life, they never won a Super Bowl. You have to let someone else win sometimes.”