Call it a neutral field or whatever you want. All we know is the Philadelphia Eagles weren’t playing at Lincoln Financial Field.
Though most of us will never know what it feels like to sit in the home or visiting locker room during a Super Bowl, we can all attest to something. It’s a game like no other. The weeks leading up to the actual contest are overwhelming. The fans are at a fever pitch. People who don’t even watch football are preparing themselves for get-togethers. The pregame and halftime shows are longer than they are during the regular season.
The Eagles may not have been the better team in Super Bowl LII, but on February 4th of 2018, they played like they were. Under the leadership of Bill Belichick and with the legendary Tom Brady at quarterback, winning games versus the mighty Patriots will make the opposing team feel like they had to beat them three times, and that night Philly answered every blow by the champs with one of their own. This one had more big moments in a singular championship game than any Super Bowl that was played before it.
Passes were thrown to both quarterbacks. One dropped his. The other one didn’t. There were missed tackles, two phenomenal runs by LeGarrette Blount, Alshon Jeffery’s pirouette in the end zone, Malcolm Jenkins’ knockout shot on Brandin Cooks, a trick play that was truly “special”, Corey Clement’s toe-tap in the back of the end zone, a come from behind effort by the Patriots that gave them the lead, a late-game answer that gave Philly the lead for good, and the most famous strip-sack in NFL history. This one had everything. Most importantly, the right team won.
Was this really a road game? After all both teams were, in essence, visitors at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium, so hey, it can be argued. Here’s what we know. The “Birds” were wearing their midnight green ensembles, but the backdrop was as far from “The Linc” as you can get. For that reason, this one tops the lists of Pederson’s greatest road wins, and folks, it’s not even close.