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Six Things That Stood Out From Super Bowl LII

Posted Feb 4, 2018

TitansOnline.com Senior Writer and Editor Jim Wyatt offers six things that stood out from Super Bowl LII.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 on Sunday night in Super Bowl LII.

It could go down as one of the most entertaining Super Bowls in history.

Here’s a look at six things that stood out:

Offense, offense, offense

The two teams combined for 1,151 yards, the most in Super Bowl – and postseason – history.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after completing 28-of-43 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns, with a passer rating of 106.1.

“I am speechless,” Foles said afterward. “All glory to God first and foremost. I wouldn’t be here without Him. To be in this moment, it is something you dream about as a kid.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady put on a show himself, breaking his own Super Bowl record for passing yards (505). Brady completed 28-of-48 passes, and threw for three touchdown passes. 

“You always hope you come out on the winning end of a shootout,” Brady said. “We didn’t win it today.”

Barnett steps up

Former Brentwood Academy and University of Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett stepped up big down the stretch, and made a big impact on the game.

Barnett recovered a fumble late in the contest to stop one New England drive, and he provided pressure on Brady during New England’s final possession.

“It’s a great feeling,” Barnett said. “We worked hard for this, and we knew when we were coming here for the Super Bowl, we didn’t want to just play in it. We wanted to come win. It’s a great feeling.”

(I wrote about Barnett and his encounter with Brady in the hallway underneath U.S. Bank Stadium).

Warmack kisses trophy

Chance Warmack, the 10th overall pick of the Titans in the 2013 NFL Draft, won a Super Bowl ring with the Eagles.

In the locker room, he kissed the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

“I’m still trying to process this, winning the Super Bowl,” said Warmack, who won three national titles at the University of Alabama. “I am just blessed. I thank God every day. It is truly a blessing.”

Warmack stepped in and played for the Eagles in the third quarter when starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski left the game with an injury. Wisniewski later returned to the game.

“Next man up,” Warmack. “I’m just happy I could do my part.”

Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake didn’t disappoint. 

The entertainer showed off his dance moves while thrilling the crowd with one hit after another.

The highlight of the show was his tribute to Prince. The crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium lit up the stands with purple lights as Timberlake played Prince’s “I Will Die for You.” Behind Timberlake, a large video projection showed Prince performing the song simultaneously. It was a special moment, and tribute, to the late artist, in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Eagles fans

“Fly Eagles Fly!” echoed off the walks here on Sunday night, before and after the game.

It wasn’t an Eagles home game, but the crowd was certainly behind the Eagles.

I can only imagine what the scene would’ve been like if the Vikings had won in the NFC title game, and played as the home team on Sunday night.

Records set

It was a night for the record books.

These record were set in Super Bowl LII, per Elias:

• Most Games – 8, Tom Brady

• Most Games, Head Coach – 8, Bill Belichick

• Most Passes, Career – 357, Tom Brady

• Most Completions, Career – 235, Tom Brady

• Most Passing Yards, Career – 2576, Tom Brady

• Most Passing Yards, Game – 505, Tom Brady

• Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 18, Tom Brady

• Most Games, Team – 10, New England

• Most Points, Game, Losing Team – 33, New England

• Most First Downs Passing, Game, Both Teams – 42, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Most Total Yards, Game, Team – 613, New England

• Most Total Yards, Game, Both Teams – 1,151, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Most Passing Yards, Game, Team – 500, New England

• Most Passing Yards, Game, Both Teams – 874, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Fewest Punts, Game, Team – 0, New England

• Fewest Punts, Game, Both Teams – 1, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Most Missed PAT Conversions, Game, Both Teams – 4, New England vs. Philadelphia

SUPER BOWL RECORDS TIED IN SUPER BOWL LII

• Most Passes, None Intercepted, Game – 48, Tom Brady

• Most Field Goals, Game, Both Teams – 5, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Most First Downs, Game, Both Teams – 54, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Most Passes, Game, Both Teams – 93, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Most Touchdown Passes, Game, Both Teams – 7, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Fewest Times Sacked, Game, Team – 0, Philadelphia

• Fewest Times Sacked, Game, Both Teams – 1, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Fewest Punt Returns, Game, Both Teams – 0, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Fewest Yards, Punt Returns, Game, Both Teams – 0, New England vs. Philadelphia

• Fewest Fumbles, Game, Team – 0, Philadelphia

• Fewest Fumbles Lost, Game, Team – 0, Philadelphia

• Most Missed PAT Conversions, Game, Team – 3, Philadelphia