Super Bowl LII

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Super Bowl LII
Super Bowl LII logo.png
1234 Total
PHI 913712 41
NE 39147 33
Date February 4, 2018
Stadium U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
MVP Nick Foles, Quarterback
Favorite Patriots by 5.5[1]
Referee Gene Steratore[2]
Attendance 67,612[3][4]
Ceremonies
National anthem Pink[5]
Coin toss Medal of Honor Recipients
Halftime show Justin Timberlake[6]
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Universo (Spanish language)
Announcers Al Michaels (play-by-play)
Cris Collinsworth (analyst)
Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
Edgar López (play-by-play- Universo)
René Giraldo and Rolando Cantú (analysts- Universo)
Veronica Contreras (sidelines- Universo)
Nielsen ratings 43.1U.S. viewership: 103.4 million est. avg.[7]
Market share 68 (national)
Cost of 30-second commercial $5 million[8]
Radio in the United States
Network Westwood One
ESPN Deportes Radio (Spanish language)
Announcers Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)
Boomer Esiason and Mike Holmgren (analysts)
Ed Werder and Tony Boselli (sideline reporters)
Álvaro Martín (play-by-play- ESPN Deportes Radio)
Raúl Allegre (analyst- ESPN Deportes Radio)
John Sutcliffe (sideline- ESPN Deportes Radio)

Super Bowl LII was the championship game of the 2017 season of the National Football League (NFL), the 52nd Super Bowl overall, and the 48th of the league's modern era. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles defeated the defending Super Bowl champion and American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots, 41–33, to win their first Super Bowl.[9] Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who completed 28-of-43 pass attempts for 373 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, and caught a 1-yard touchdown pass, was named Super Bowl MVP.[10] Several records were set during the game, including most yards gained in an NFL game by both teams combined: 1,151.[11]

The game was held on February 4, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.[12] It was the second Super Bowl in Minneapolis, which hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992. It was the sixth Super Bowl in a cold-weather city,[13] and marked a return to the northernmost city to ever host the event.[14]

The Eagles had previously lost to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV and to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Background

Host-city selection

The U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Super Bowl LII was held.

On October 8, 2013, the league announced that three venues would vie to host Super Bowl LII:[15][16][17]

On May 20, 2014, the league's owners picked Minneapolis at their meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.[22][23]

Teams

The NFC was represented by the number-one playoff seed Philadelphia Eagles, while the AFC was represented by the number-one playoff seed New England Patriots, marking the fourth time in the previous five years that the Super Bowl had featured the top team from each conference.[24]

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles in 2014.

The Eagles finished the regular season with a record of 13–3, the same as New England, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh, but the various tie-breaking provisions gave them the NFC's top seed in the 2017–18 NFL playoffs. It was a substantial improvement for the team under second-year head coach Doug Pederson; the Eagles finished the two previous seasons with 7–9 records. In the 2017 season, the team scored 457 points (third in the NFL), while giving up just 295 (fourth) points.[25]

The offense was led by Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Wentz. In just his second season, he recorded a passer rating of 101.9, throwing for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions. His top target was Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz, who caught 74 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns. Other contributors were two receivers acquired from off-season free agency: Alshon Jeffery, who caught 57 passes for 789 yards and nine scores; and Torrey Smith, who had 36 receptions for 430 yards. Meanwhile, third-year receiver Nelson Agholor had the best season of his career, hauling in 62 passes for 768 yards and eight touchdowns, a higher total in each category than in his previous two seasons combined. The Eagles rushing attack also benefited from two recently acquired players, LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi. Blount, an off-season signing who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots, gained 776 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Ajayi, picked up by a mid-season trade with the Miami Dolphins, rushed for 873 yards and caught 24 passes for 154 yards combined with the two teams. Philadelphia also had a superb offensive line, lead by two Pro Bowl selections: Tackle Lane Johnson and Guard Brandon Brooks.[26]

The Eagles defense allowed the fourth-fewest yards in the league (4,904). Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox made the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career, recording 5​12 sacks and two fumble recoveries, and he had plenty of help around him, such as former Patriots defensive end Chris Long, who had five sacks and forced four fumbles, and defensive end Brandon Graham, who led the team with 9​12 sacks. Middle linebacker Nigel Bradham led the team in combined tackles with 88. The Eagles secondary featured Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had 76 combined tackles and two interceptions, along with cornerback Patrick Robinson, who led the team with four interceptions.[27]

Philadelphia had stormed to the top of the NFC by winning 10 of their first 12 games, but suffered a major setback on December 10, when Wentz went down with a season-ending ACL tear and was replaced by journeyman backup quarterback Nick Foles, who was playing for his third team in as many years and his second stint with the Eagles. Still, Foles was able to lead the team to victory in that game, as well as the next two. The Eagles would lose a meaningless week 17 matchup with the Cowboys led by third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Then in their two playoff games, Foles threw for a combined total of 598 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.[28]

New England Patriots

Tom Brady in 2016.

The Patriots entered the 2017 NFL season as defending Super Bowl champions. For the 16th time in their 18 seasons under 65-year old coach Bill Belichick, they recorded a double-digit win season, finishing the regular season with a record of 13–3, one of four teams (along with Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh) with that record. By virtue of the tie-breaking procedures, they were granted the AFC's number one overall seed in the 2017–18 NFL playoffs. Early season defensive struggles left the team with a 2–2 record after four weeks, and the worst overall defense in the league at that point.[29] Additionally, top wide receiver Julian Edelman went down in the preseason with a season-ending injury. The defense would come together as a unit, and tighten up over the rest of the season however, with the Patriots going 11–1 after week 4, and finishing the year with a top-5 defense in most statistical categories.[citation needed] Their sole loss in the latter part of the season came in Week 14 to the Miami Dolphins, a division rival, though they were without star tight end Rob Gronkowski due to a one game suspension for an unnecessary roughness call the prior week. The Patriots' defense was improved by several late-season free-agent signings, including Eric Lee, a defensive end, previously from the Buffalo Bills, whom the Patriots signed in Week 12, and James Harrison, a perennial All-Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom the Patriots picked up off waivers after Christmas. In just six games for New England, Lee recorded 3​12 sacks, a safety, and an interception.[30] In his only regular season game with the Patriots, Harrison recorded two sacks.[31]

During the regular season, New England's offense led the league in yards gained (6,307) and ranked second in points scored (458). The 40-year-old Brady finished his 18th season with a league-leading 4,577 passing yards and 32 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, earning him his 13th selection to the Pro Bowl and his third league MVP award. One change which helped make up for the loss of Edelman would be the new acquisition of receiver Brandin Cooks, who caught 65 passes for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns. Brady was also aided by the healthy return of Gronkowski, who had played just eight games in the previous season, finishing this year with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight scores. Receiver Danny Amendola added 61 receptions for 659 yards, as well as another 240 yards returning punts. With the loss of their previous season's rushing leader LeGarrette Blount to free agency, Dion Lewis stepped up to take the lead, rushing for 896 yards and six touchdowns despite starting only eight games. He also caught 32 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns, and added 570 yards and another touchdown returning kickoffs. Rex Burkhead chipped in 518 all-purpose yards, 30 receptions, and eight touchdowns. In passing situations, the team relied heavily on running back James White, who caught 56 passes for 429 yards and rushed for 171 on the ground. These backs were aided by the blocking of fullback James Develin, who earned his first Pro Bowl selection. On special teams, kicker Stephen Gostkowski ranked second in the NFL with 156 points and fourth in field goals made with 37, while veteran special team ace Matthew Slater earned his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl selection.[32]

The Patriots' defense ranked only 29th in yards allowed (5,856), but ranked fifth in fewest points, giving up only 296. Defensive end Trey Flowers led the team with 6​12 sacks while also forcing two fumbles. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy had 73 tackles and 5​12 sacks. The Patriots also had a superb secondary, led by cornerbacks Malcolm Butler (two interceptions, three forced fumbles) and Stephon Gilmore (two interceptions, 47 solo tackles), as well as safeties Devin McCourty (97 combined tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery), Patrick Chung (84 tackles, one interception, two fumble recoveries) and Duron Harmon (four interceptions).[33]

Playoffs

In the playoffs, the Patriots earned a first round bye and home-field advantage due to their status as the AFC's first overall seed. In the divisional round, they defeated the Tennessee Titans 35–14, as Brady passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns. In that game, the defense amassed eight quarterback sacks of Marcus Mariota and held the Titans' running game to 65 yards rushing.[34] They then defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 24–20 in the AFC Championship Game, rallying from behind to win the game after the Jaguars jumped out to an early 14–3 lead and whose league-best defense stymied Brady and the rest of the offense for most of the first half.[citation needed] Down 20–10 in the fourth quarter, the Patriots comeback was sealed by two Brady-led drives, both resulting in touchdown passes to Danny Amendola, as well as a key defensive stop by Stephon Gilmore, whose acrobatic block of a Blake Bortles pass ended Jacksonville's last chance to score. Rob Gronkowski was injured in the game with a Concussion, leaving his status for the Super Bowl in doubt. Amendola would be the breakout star for the Patriots during their two playoff wins, leading the team with 196 receiving yards, and serving as Brady's primary target.[35]

Meanwhile, Philadelphia started off the divisional round by narrowly defeating the Atlanta Falcons 15–10, by stopping the Falcons on four consecutive plays after they had a first-down-and-goal situation on the Eagles 9-yard line during their final drive.[36] They then soundly defeated the Minnesota Vikings 38–7 in the NFC Championship Game. Despite the Vikings scoring on their opening drive, the Eagles defense held them to three punts, two turnovers on downs, two interceptions, and one lost fumble in their remaining drives of the game. Meanwhile, Foles had a great game in which he completed 26 of 33 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns.[37]

Pre-game notes

This game was a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX. Only one player, Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady, remained on either roster from that contest.[38] Bill Belichick, the Patriots' head coach in that contest, also remained in that position. Two Eagles, running back LeGarrette Blount and defensive lineman Chris Long, had been Patriots in 2017's Super Bowl LI.[39]

The Patriots were the designated home team for Super Bowl LII, because the AFC team is the designated home team in even-numbered years and the NFC team in odd-numbered years. As the designated home team, the Patriots chose to wear their road white jerseys with navy blue pants, becoming the sixth team to wear their white jerseys as the home team and the third team to wear white in back-to-back Super Bowls, following the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowls XII and XIII and again in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII.[citation needed] The Eagles therefore wore their standard home uniform of Midnight green jerseys with white pants.[40] Twelve of the last 13 Super Bowls have been won by teams wearing white jerseys. The last team to win a Super Bowl while wearing their home uniforms was the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.[41]

Operations

Security prescreening at the Mall of America before boarding the Metro Blue Line to U.S. Bank Stadium.

To coordinate the game and 10 days of events, the National Football League temporarily operated an events office within the Minnesota Vikings office building next to U.S. Bank Stadium.[42] More than 150,000 visitors were expected to attend events associated with the Super Bowl over ten days.[43] Among them were some 5,000-plus media members; media day events and press conferences were held at The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

No sales tax was collected on admission tickets to the game and related events, including parking.[44]

To increase security around U.S. Bank Stadium, the stadium's light rail station was shut down for 48 hours before the game,[45] and a nearby homeless shelter was temporarily moved beyond the security perimeter.[46] The Blue Line of the light rail system was only open to ticketholders and passengers with a Gameday Pass, while the Green Line only ran to Stadium Village station on the University of Minnesota campus before continuing on with restricted access. Metro Transit ran shuttle buses between light rail stations, as well as regular bus service was moved for several weeks due to street closures.[47][48] Thirty activist groups organized a rally and protest against police brutality, corporate greed, and racist practices. 17 people blocked the Green Line train for 90 minutes before the game, and 200 protesters blocked an entrance to the stadium's security perimeter.[49]

Under a 1998 agreement, the Patriots and Eagles owners split the tickets, and the league controlled the game presentation and entertainment in the stadium. The Patriots practiced at the Minnesota Vikings facilities in Eden Prairie while the Eagles used the University of Minnesota. The Eagles got the Vikings' locker room and sideline. The Vikings had advanced to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Eagles; until that point, the possibility of the Vikings advancing to the Super Bowl and thus becoming the first team to play the game in its home stadium was plausible. Had that happened, the Vikings would have used their own locker rooms and training facilities while the AFC champion would have used the University of Minnesota.[50]

Associated events

Nicollet Mall hosted the outdoor Super Bowl Live festival during the lead-up to the game.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee presented Super Bowl Live on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis.[51] This ten-day free[14] festival and concert series featured Sheila E., the Revolution, Morris Day and the Time, and The New Power Generation, musicians from Minnesota who collaborated with Prince. Produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Super Bowl Live also included performances by Idina Menzel, Soul Asylum, the Suburbs, Bob Mould, Sounds of Blackness, Dessa, VocalEssence, Mint Condition, and the Jets.[52] In addition to the concert series, Super Bowl Live featured a 200-foot (61 m) American Birkebeiner International Bridge on Nicollet Mall to showcase Cross-country skiing, Skijoring, fat-tire bicycle racing,[14] and snow tubing demonstrations.[53] There was also a Snowmobile stunt show on February 3.[14]

The NFL presented the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center[51][42][54] from January 27 to February 3 with an entrance fee.[14] Kelly Clarkson performed at the Minneapolis Armory and a U.S. Bank Stadium lounge on the day of the Super Bowl.[55]

The Minneapolis Armory also hosted Jennifer Lopez, Imagine Dragons, and Pink concerts close to U.S. Bank Stadium.[56][57][58][59] Pink also performed the national anthem before the Super Bowl.[5] Halftime performer Justin Timberlake held a ticketed "listening session" of his newest album at Prince's Paisley Park.[60] Dave Matthews Band will perform at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul.[57] The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community's Mystic Lake Casino hosted Gwen Stefani,[61] The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, and Kygo.[62] Planners originally scheduled a 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) traveling Nightclub for 9500 people,[63][57] but cancelled, moving its concerts into the main casino.[62] Ellie Goulding's appearance with Kygo was cancelled at the same time.[64] The Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota, has the second-largest hotel in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and Prior Lake hosted Super Bowl-week events including winter activities, a Hotdish competition, and fundraisers.[61]

Other events were held at the Mall of America (including Radio Row as a home for national shows[65][66]), Saint Paul's RiverCentre[13] and Xcel Energy Center,[67] the Minnesota Vikings' Winter Park location in Eden Prairie, and the University of Minnesota.[68] "Taste of the NFL" is a fundraiser for food banks and was held in Saint Paul.[69] Minneapolis also offered a temporary Zip-line across the Mississippi River near downtown.[70] The Luminary Loppet around Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis featured fire dancing, an ice pyramid, and luminary candles at night.[14]

The 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival took place leading up to, during and after the Super Bowl.[71] Carnival organizers built a large Ice palace to coincide with the Super Bowl festivities, as with Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.[72] The ice palace was planned,[73][74] cancelled for lack of funds,[75] then re-announced with sponsors.[72] Events in Saint Paul will also include an Extreme sports demonstration, a "giant slide", and a block party. Officials in the capital city hoped to attract Minneapolis Super Bowl visitors.[76] The Minneapolis Institute of Art had a free 20-by-40-foot (6.1 m × 12.2 m), 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) ice Maze.[77]

The Great Northern was a winter festival in the Twin Cities from January 25 to February 4 which included the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, an ice bar,(unclear) and an "urban ski competition".[78]

ESPN broadcast its studio programming from the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis,[79] while Golf Channel (a sister network of Super Bowl LII broadcaster NBC) aired two live episodes of David Feherty's eponymous series from the State Theatre.[80]

Native American communities of Minnesota performed nightly drum ceremonies.[66]

Broadcasting

United States

NBC broadcast Super Bowl LII, as part of an annual cycle between the three main broadcast television partners of the NFL.[81] NBC's lead NFL team of play-by-play man Al Michaels and color analyst Cris Collinsworth called the game. Sister cable network Universo carried a full Spanish language broadcast produced by Telemundo Deportes, with Edgar Lopez and Rene Giraldo. The Universo Spanish audio was also available on NBC through the SAP channel, where available.[82][83]

This was the last game in Westwood One's current national radio contract with the NFL.[84] Each participating team's flagship station (the Patriots Radio Network's WBZ-FM/Boston, and the Eagles Radio Network's WIP-FM/Philadelphia, along with WEMG/Camden, New Jersey for Spanish play-by-play) carried the game with local announcers. (For the second consecutive year, none of the local flagships are clear-channel stations, and thus the local commentators were only audible for free within each respective team's immediate metropolitan area; listeners who live outside the flagship stations' broadcast ranges were required to subscribe to Sirius XM Radio or TuneIn Premium to access the local broadcasts.) Under the terms of the Westwood One contract, any radio station that is not a local flagship, if it is to carry the game, is required to utilize the Westwood One feed. It was the first title win called by Eagles play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese, who has been the primary radio voice of the team since 1977.[85]

Online streams of the game were provided by NBC. It was available on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app for mobile devices, tablets, connected-TV devices, and NBC.com without any required login. The Spanish-language broadcast was available on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com for desktop devices, connected TV devices, and tablets but not mobile devices.[86] Under new digital rights deals that began with the 2017–18 playoffs, Verizon still offers mobile streaming of games, but no longer holds exclusive rights to stream NFL games on smartphones or make them exclusive to Verizon Wireless subscribers. Instead, Verizon elected to use use the deal to bolster its recent acquisition of Yahoo!; on January 9, 2018, Verizon announced that it would host streams of playoff games through the Yahoo! Sports and Go90 app, including Super Bowl LII. As a result of the deal, the online stream was available to viewers on all Internet devices for the first time, regardless of network (because of Verizon's previous exclusive rights deal, non-Verizon phones had previously been blocked from receiving any NFL telecasts, regardless of source).[87][88] The game was also available through the NFL Mobile app with the aforementioned change to viewing through the app now being allowed on all mobile carriers.[89]

Dan Patrick and Liam McHugh served as the lead hosts for NBC's pre-game coverage.[90] Mike Tirico, who replaced the retiring Bob Costas in 2017 as NBC's lead studio host for both the NFL and the Olympic Games, did not participate in coverage of Super Bowl LII due to his commitments to prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (opening on the Friday following the game).[91]

Nielsen reported a 47.4/70% overnight rating in metered markets, peaking at 52.2/74 during the fourth quarter. These numbers are about 3% lower than early numbers from Super Bowl LI, and the lowest since Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.[92]

Advertising

Dan Lovinger, NBC Sports Group executive vice president of ad sales, stated to Variety in July 2017 that the network was seeking a price "north of $5 million" (the price set for the previous two Super Bowls) for a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LII.[93][94] Taking advantage of the 2018 Winter Olympics that begins five days after the Super Bowl (which will mark the first time since 1992 that a single broadcast network will air both the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in the same year), NBC disclosed plans to offer advertising packages that cover both Super Bowl LII and the Olympics. NBC estimated that it would bring in at least $1 billion in advertising revenue from the two events.[95][81] During the second quarter, an equipment failure caused NBC's broadcast to experience Dead air for 30 seconds during a commercial break. No actual commercial time was lost.[96][97]

Anheuser-Busch has, as it has done in previous Super Bowls, purchased multiple commercials in the game, advertising Bud Light, Stella Artois and Michelob Ultra. For the first time since Super Bowl VIII, the company would downsize the apperances of the Budweiser Clydesdales in a Super Bowl commercial. However, a Clydesdale was featured in a commercial for Tide detergent and the Budweiser Clydesdales only appeared in a 5-second Budweiser commercial to remind viewers of the "ClydesdaleCam" livestreaming event.[98] Other signed advertisers included The Coca-Cola Company and Avocados from Mexico.[94] Cellphone carrier T-Mobile aired a minute long ad with actress Kerry Washington narrating, featuring babies of various ethnic backgrounds. The commercial also features Nirvana's song All Apologies played as a lullaby. In the ad Washington talks about the babies being born with natural instincts of love and not racism calling them "unstoppable" and that they will demand fair and equal pay. T-Mobile CEO John Legere posted to his Twitter account afterwards saying, "This year, we wanted to use our #SuperBowl airtime to share that @TMobile believes we all started in the same place. We are more alike than different. And we are unstoppable."[99]

Lead-out programs

NBC's lead-out program was an episode of This Is Us,[100] alongside a special episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre, with halftime performer Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Stapleton and the cast of This Is Us as guests.[101][102]

In a surprise move, Netflix used its advertising time to announce it had acquired the rights to The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film in the Cloverfield series, and would make it available immediately after the game, potentially undercutting viewership of the lucrative post-game slot on NBC.[103]

International broadcasts

Brazil

The Super Bowl was shown live by ESPN Brasil, with Paulo Antunes and Everaldo Marques as the announcers for the evening. It was also shown live on Cinemark, Cinépolis, Kinoplex[contradictory] and UCI movie theaters across the country.

Canada

The U.S. telecasts of Super Bowl LII were available through local U.S. broadcast stations that are carried on Canadian cable and satellite providers, as well as on border blasters near the International Boundary. The last appeals attempting to force Simultaneous substitution, as had been allowed through Super Bowl 50 but had been repealed in 2016, over the telecasts were exhausted in December 2017.[104]

Bell Canada holds broadcast rights for local stations in Canada and aired the game across its networks on CTV, CTV Two, RDS (for French), TSN Radio and TSN2; TSN's regional networks did not carry the game due to a schedule conflict with the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the national women's curling championship. Bell reprised the previous year's usage of a sweepstakes and entertainment features to retain Canadian audiences.[105]

On RDS, the announcer was David Arsenault with Pierre Vercheval as analyst and Didier Orméjuste on the sidelines.

United Kingdom

As per recent years, the Super Bowl was shown live on the BBC for no additional cost over the license fee. It was also available on Sky Sports with a subscription, through a Now TV Sports Pass, or as part of the NFL Gamepass Playoffs package.[106] In a change to tradition, the BBC choose to use NBC's feed instead of the NFL Films and NFL Network produced World Feed.[citation needed]

Germany

ProSieben broadcast the Super Bowl for the first time, after it had previously been on sister channel Sat.1 since Super Bowl XLVI. It was shown for no additional cost in standard-definition and on ProSieben HD in high-definition on HD+ as well as multiple cable and IPTV providers. It was also available on internet streaming service DAZN for no cost in addition to the regular subscription fee.[107]

France

beIn Sports2 and W9 broadcast the event.

U.S. military bases

American Forces Network carried the Super Bowl live to members of the United States Armed Forces in Eurasia.[108]

Entertainment

Pre-game

The inside of the stadium on game day.

Pink performed the "The Star-Spangled Banner",[5] while Leslie Odom Jr. sang "America the Beautiful".[109][110]

Pink spit out a Throat lozenge shortly before singing the anthem, later verified after many commentators thought she had spit out a piece of gum.[111] She reported being ill with flu symptoms during her performance.[112]

Halftime show

Justin Timberlake performs on piano alongside projected archive footage of Prince during the Super Bowl LII halftime show.

Justin Timberlake headlined the Super Bowl LII halftime show, along with his band "The Tennessee Kids" and featuring the University of Minnesota Marching Band.[6][113][114] Timberlake performed in two previous Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXV in 2001 as a member of NSYNC, and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 with Janet Jackson.[115][116]

Timberlake's performance drew criticism for not being "spectacular", looking to be safe and avoid incidents such as the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" encountered during his performance with Jackson, and for incorporating a video of Prince, who opposed performances combining the dead and the living.[117][118]

Game summary

First half

New England Patriots' player Brandin Cooks leaps for a first down during the first half, but is stopped short.
A Philadelphia Eagles handoff during the first quarter.

The New England Patriots won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. The Patriots kicked to the Eagles who opened with a long time consuming drive of 7:05 and resulted in a 25-yard Jake Elliott field goal, giving the Eagles a 3–0 lead. The drive was controlled by the arm of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who went 6-for-9 for 61 yards and completed passes to five different receivers, with a few short runs by LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi littered in. Foles also made two critical completions on third down plays, hitting Alshon Jeffery for a 17-yard gain on third-and-4, and later finding Torrey Smith for 15 yards on third-and-12. The Patriots responded with a drive of their own, almost with the exact same results; quarterback Tom Brady going 6-for-8 for 60 yards to four different receivers, the longest a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan. The drive stalled out on the Eagles 8-yard line, where they had to settle for Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard field goal, tying the game at 3–3. The game's first touchdown was scored by the Eagles on the next drive, taking only three plays: a short pass from Foles to Nelson Agholor, a 36-yard run up the middle by Blount, and a 34-yard touchdown pass from Foles to Jeffery to the left side of the field. The ensuing extra point missed as it was wide left, however, leaving the score at 9–3. On the next Patriots drive, they took the ball to the Philadelphia 11-yard line, mainly on the strength of a 50-yard completion from Brady to Danny Amendola, where the quarter ended.[119]

With the second quarter under way, the Patriots came away empty-handed on the drive, as Gostkowski missed a 26-yard field goal attempt after holder Ryan Allen mishandled the snap.[120] New England's defense forced the game's only punt on the next drive. On the following drive, Brady completed a 23-yard pass to Brandin Cooks, but a hard hit by defender Malcolm Jenkins knocked the receiver out of the game. On third down from near mid-field, the Patriots attempted a trick play that involved two handoffs and a pass down field to Tom Brady. Brady was open, but dropped the throw from Amendola. They went for it on fourth down, and a pass intended for tight end Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete, giving the Eagles the ball on their own 35-yard line on a turnover-on-downs. The Eagles capitalized on a drive featuring two key completions, a 19-yard catch by Zach Ertz on third-and-7, and a 22-yard reception by Jeffery on the Patriots 21-yard line. On the next play, a 21-yard rumble by Blount gave the Eagles another touchdown. They attempted a two-point conversion, which failed, bringing the score to 15–3. The Patriots quickly struck back, as Brady completed a 46-yard pass to Rex Burkhead on the first play after the kickoff. But the team could only gain two more yards, resulting in Gostkowski's 45-yard field goal that got the score to 15–6.[121]

The Eagles got the ball back with 7:24 on the clock and looked poised to score another touchdown when a 26-yard run by Ajayi gave them a first down on the Patriots 43-yard line. But on the next play, Foles threw a pass that bounced off Jeffery as he tried to make a one-handed catch and went into the hands of Patriots safety Duron Harmon for an interception, which he returned eight yards to the 10-yard line. The Patriots took advantage of the turnover with a seven-play, 90-yard drive, featuring a 43-yard completion from Brady to Hogan. On the next play, James White scored with a 26-yard touchdown run, after which Gostkowski missed the extra point, with the score at 15–12. Eagles running back Kenjon Barner returned the ensuing kickoff 27 yards to his own 30-yard line as time ran down to the two-minute warning. Two plays later on third-and-3, Foles completed a short pass to running back Corey Clement, who took off for a 55-yard gain to the New England 8-yard line. Then he ran the ball six yards to the two-yard line. Two plays later, Philadelphia faced fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard line with 38 seconds left on the clock. Deciding to go for the touchdown, they attempted a similar trick play to the one that had failed for the Patriots earlier. As Foles stepped up to the running back position, Clement took a direct snap and pitched the ball to tight end Trey Burton, who then threw the ball perfectly to Foles, who was wide open in the right side of the end zone. Foles caught the football, making him the first quarterback ever to catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl, and the ensuing extra point was good, giving the Eagles a 22–12 lead, which was taken into the locker room following a short drive by the Patriots.[119]

The first half resulted in numerous Super Bowl records from both teams, including most total yards combined (673). This was also the first time two quarterbacks had thrown for over 200 yards in the first half of a Super Bowl, with Brady throwing for 276 yards and Foles throwing for 215 yards.[122]

Second half

The Patriots received the second-half kickoff and Brady led New England 75 yards in eight plays. Gronkowski, who only caught one pass for nine yards in the first half, caught five passes for 68 yards on the drive, the last a 5-yard touchdown reception to make the score 22-19. The Eagles responded by moving the ball 85 yards in 11 plays on a drive that consumed less than five minutes and featured three critical third down conversions by Foles. The first was a 17-yard pass to Agholor on third-and-6 from the Eagles 19-yard line. Later in the drive, he thew a 14-yard completion to Ertz on third-and-1 from the New England 40-yard line. Finally, he finished the possession with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Clement on third-and-6. The touchdown was held up by a replay review, but replay officials confirmed that Clement kept both feet inbounds and controlled the ball. An Elliott extra point brought the score to 29–19 in favor of the Eagles. Brady responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, completing all three of his passes for 61 yards, the last one a 26-yard touchdown pass to Hogan that brought the score to 29–26. The Eagles followed with an 8-play, 51-yard drive featuring a 24-yard completion from Foles to Agholor on the first play. By the end of the third quarter, the team had made it to the New England 16-yard line.

The Eagles opened the fourth quarter scoring with a Jake Elliott field goal to bring the score to 32–26. However, Brady came back with another 75-yard drive featuring a 30-yard reception by Amendola and ending with a four-yard pass to Gronkowski, his second touchdown of the game, giving the Patriots their first lead of the game with the score at 33–32. On their next drive, the Eagles faced third-and-6 after two plays, but were able to keep the ball with a 7-yard catch by Ertz. Eventually they faced a fourth-and-1 on their own 45-yard line with 5:39 left in the game. Deciding to go for the conversion, Foles completed a 2-yard pass to Ertz that kept the drive alive. Then after a 1-yard Blount run, he picked up three consecutive first downs with three passes to Agholor for gains of 10, 18 and 10 yards respectively, moving the ball to the New England 14-yard line. Following a 3-yard run by Ajayi, Foles threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Ertz with 2:21 remaining in the game. The play was held up on review, as Ertz lost the ball after touching the ground in the endzone; it was however determined that he established himself as a runner and also maintained control of the ball as he broke the plane of the goal line. However, a failed two-point conversion left the Eagles with a 38–33 lead. On the Patriots' next drive, Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham stripped the ball from Brady on the drive's second play for the only sack of the game for either team. Defensive end Derek Barnett of the Eagles recovered the ball, allowing the Eagles to run the clock down to 1:05 and forcing New England to use up all their remaining timeouts. Elliott then kicked a 46-yard field goal, putting Philadelphia ahead by eight points, with the score at 41–33, and New England needing a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game and send it into overtime. After nine plays (one of them a 13-yard catch by Amendola on fourth-and-10), Brady reached the 49-yard line, and with only nine seconds remaining, he threw a Hail Mary pass to the endzone, to no avail. When time expired, the Eagles had won their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history,[119] and their first league championship since 1960.

Game statistics

The trophy presentation after the game.

The combined 74 points scored by both teams was one point shy of the Super Bowl record of 75, set in Super Bowl XXIX in 1995.[123] The game also set a record for most yardage by both teams (combined) with 1,151 yards, the most for any single game, regular season or postseason.[11] The game had many other Super Bowl records set as well, including fewest punts from both teams (one), most yards gained by a team (613 for New England) and most points scored by a losing team (33).[11]

Foles completed 28-of-43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns, with one interception, and caught a touchdown pass. Clement, who caught only 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns during the season, was the Eagles leading receiver with four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for eight yards. Agholor had nine receptions for 84 yards. Blount was the game's top rusher with 90 yards and a touchdown. Brady completed 28-of-48 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the record for most passing yards in a Super Bowl that he had set in the previous season. Amendola was his top target with eight receptions for 152 yards, while Hogan had six for 128 yards and a touchdown and Gronkowski caught nine passes for 116 yards and two scores.[124]

Box score

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Final statistics

Statistical comparison

Statistic Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots
First downs 25 29
First downs rushing 6 4
First downs passing 19 23
First downs penalty 0 2
Third down efficiency 10/16 5/10
Fourth down efficiency 2/2 1/2
Total net yards 538 613
Net yards rushing 164 113
Rushing attempts 27 22
Yards per rush 6.1 5.1
Net yards passing 374 500
Passing–completions/attempts 29/44 28/49
Times sacked–total yards 0–0 1–5
Interceptions thrown 1 0
Punt returns–total yards 0–0 0–0
Kickoff returns–total yards 4–98 3–44
Interceptions–total return yards 0–0 1–8
Punts–average yardage 1–41 0–0
Fumbles–lost 0–0 1–1
Penalties–yards 6–35 1–5
Time of possession 34:04 25:56
Turnovers 1 1
  • The lone Eagles punt was received with a Fair catch.
Records set
(Unless otherwise noted, all records were only Super Bowl records)
Most Super Bowl appearances, as team 10 New England Patriots
Most Points Scored in a Super Bowl, losing team 33
Most Total Yards, team (game) 613
Most Passing Yards, team (postseason game) 505
Fewest Punts, team (game) 0
Most Super Bowl appearances, as player 8 Tom Brady
(New England)
Most Super Bowl appearances, as starting player 8
Most pass attempts, player (career) 357
Most pass completions, player (career) 235
Most passing yards, player (any postseason game) 505
Most passing yards, player (career) 2,576
Most touchdown passes, player (career) 18
Oldest quarterback, as player 40 years 185 days
Oldest quarterback, as starting player 40 years 185 days
Most Super Bowl appearances, as head coach 8 Bill Belichick
(New England)
Most Super Bowl appearances, as coach 11
Most Super Bowl appearances, in any capacity 11
Most TD Receptions, as quarterback (game) 1 Nick Foles (Philadelphia)
Most TD Receptions, as quarterback (career) 1
Most Super Bowl games with TD Pass and TD Reception 1
Longest field goal kicked by a rookie 46 yards Jake Elliott (Philadelphia)
Most Total Yards, both teams (any NFL game) 1,151 Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
Most First Downs Passing, both teams (game) 42
Most Passing Yards, both teams (any postseason game) 874
Most Missed PAT Conversions, both teams (game) 4
Fewest Punts, both teams (game) 1
Records tied
Fewest Times Sacked, as team (game) 0 Philadelphia Eagles
Fewest Fumbles, as team (game) 0
Fewest Fumbles Lost, as team (game) 0
Most Missed PAT Conversions, as team (game) 3
Most Super Bowl losses, as team 5 New England Patriots
Most Super Bowl appearances, as kicker 5 Stephen Gostkowski
(New England)
Most Pass Attempts with no Interceptions (game) 48 Tom Brady
(New England)
Most Field Goals, both teams (game) 5 Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots
Most First Downs, both teams (game) 54
Most Pass Attempts, both teams (game) 93
Most Touchdown Passes, both teams (game) 7
Fewest Times Sacked, both teams (game) 1
Fewest Punt Returns, both teams (game) 0
Fewest Punt Return Yards, both teams (game) 0

Individual statistics

Eagles passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT
Nick Foles 28/43 373 3 1
Trey Burton 1/1 1 1 0
Eagles rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3
LeGarrette Blount 14 90 1 36
Jay Ajayi 9 57 0 26
Nelson Agholor 1 9 0 9
Corey Clement 3 8 0 6
Eagles receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3
Nelson Agholor 9 84 0 24
Zach Ertz 7 67 1 19
Torrey Smith 5 49 0 17
Corey Clement 4 100 1 55
Alshon Jeffery 3 73 1 34
Nick Foles 1 1 1 1
Trey Burton 0 0 0 0
Patriots passing
C/ATT1 Yds TD INT
Tom Brady 28/48 505 3 0
Danny Amendola 0/1 0 0 0
Patriots rushing
Car2 Yds TD LG3
James White 7 45 1 26
Dion Lewis 9 39 0 8
Rex Burkhead 3 18 0 9
Tom Brady 1 6 0 6
Chris Hogan 1 4 0 4
Brandin Cooks 1 1 0 1
Patriots receiving
Rec4 Yds TD LG3
Rob Gronkowski 9 116 2 25
Danny Amendola 8 152 0 50
Chris Hogan 6 128 1 43
James White 2 21 0 15
Rex Burkhead 1 46 0 46
Brandin Cooks 1 23 0 23
Phillip Dorsett 1 19 0 19
Tom Brady 0 0 0 0
James Develin 0 0 0 0

1Completions/attempts
2Carries
3Long gain
4Receptions

Starting lineups

Source:[4]

Philadelphia Position Position New England
Offense
Alshon Jeffery WR Brandin Cooks
Halapoulivaati Vaitai LT Nate Solder
Stefen Wisniewski LG Joe Thuney
Jason Kelce C David Andrews
Brandon Brooks RG Shaq Mason
Lane Johnson RT Cameron Fleming
Zach Ertz TE Rob Gronkowski
Nelson Agholor WR Chris Hogan
Nick Foles QB Tom Brady
LeGarrette Blount RB Dion Lewis
Torrey Smith WR FB James Develin
Defense
Vinny Curry DE LE Trey Flowers
Timmy Jernigan DT Lawrence Guy
Fletcher Cox DT Malcom Brown
Brandon Graham DE LB James Harrison
Mychal Kendricks OLB LB Kyle Van Noy
Nigel Bradham OLB LB Elandon Roberts
Jalen Mills CB RCB Stephon Gilmore
Ronald Darby CB LCB Eric Rowe
Corey Graham S Patrick Chung
Rodney McLeod S Devin McCourty
Malcolm Jenkins S Duron Harmon

Officials

Super Bowl LII had eight officials.[2] The numbers in parentheses below indicate their uniform numbers.

  • Referee: Gene Steratore (114)
  • Umpire: Roy Ellison (81)
  • Down judge: Jerry Bergman (91)
  • Line judge: Byron Boston (18)
  • Field judge: Tom Hill (97)
  • Side judge: Scott Edwards (3)
  • Back judge: Perry Paganelli (46)
  • Replay official: Paul Weidner

This was Steratore's first Super Bowl as a referee, though he had been previously selected as an alternate for Super Bowl XLIV.[125]

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Super Bowl LII Philadelphia Eagles New England Patriots 2017 NFL season by team NFL on NBC