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| Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, 7:33 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 34 yard pass, over Eric Rowe #25 of the New England Patriots, for a touchdown during the first quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a 34 yard pass, over Eric Rowe #25 of the New England Patriots, for a touchdown during the first quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles bobbles the pass under pressure from Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots as teamamte Duron Harmon #30 (not pictured) intercepts the ball in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles bobbles the pass under pressure from Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots as teamamte Duron Harmon #30 (not pictured) intercepts the ball in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles hands off to running back LeGarrette Blount during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles hands off to running back LeGarrette Blount during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots kicks a 45-yard field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Stephen Gostkowski #3 of the New England Patriots kicks a 45-yard field goal against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Rex Burkhead #34 of the New England Patriots makes a 46-yard reception during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Rex Burkhead #34 of the New England Patriots makes a 46-yard reception during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops a pass inteded for him from teammate Rob Gronkowski #87 (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots drops a pass inteded for him from teammate Rob Gronkowski #87 (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles' Jay Ajayi (36) is stopped by New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Eagles' Jay Ajayi (36) is stopped by New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New England Patriots' Duron Harmon (30) celebrates his interception of a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles' Alshon Jeffery (17) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
New England Patriots' Duron Harmon (30) celebrates his interception of a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles' Alshon Jeffery (17) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots fumbles against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter  in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots fumbles against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles dives into the endzone for a 11-yard touchdown against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles dives into the endzone for a 11-yard touchdown against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tries to make a catch in front of the Eagles'  Jalen Mills in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn.
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski tries to make a catch in front of the Eagles' Jalen Mills in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minn.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots catches a 43-yard reception against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots catches a 43-yard reception against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores an 11-yard fourth quarter touchdown past Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores an 11-yard fourth quarter touchdown past Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Corey Graham #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles breaks up a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Corey Graham #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles breaks up a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Corey Graham #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Corey Graham #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up prior to Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after fumbling against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after fumbling against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04:  Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his teams 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his teams 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS - A backup quarterback playing like a Hall of Famer and a fearless coach digging deep into his bag of gadget-play tricks put a major, Super Bowl-size dent into the greatest dynasty in NFL history here Sunday evening.

Tom Brady was at his legendary best for the New England Patriots. But it was the Philadelphia Eagles who emerged as the champions of a wildly entertaining Super Bowl LII, riding the passing of fill-in quarterback Nick Foles and the daring of Coach Doug Pederson to a pulsating 41-33 triumph at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Eagles won their first Super Bowl title, securing their first league championship since 1960 in the pre-Super Bowl days. They denied the Patriots what would have been a sixth Super Bowl crown with Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their coach.

Brady certainly did his part, throwing for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards and three touchdowns. It was a frantic game in which the two teams broke the Super Bowl record for most combined yards of total offense by the end of the third quarter.

The Patriots took their first lead of the night in the fourth quarter on Brady's second touchdown pass of the game to tight end Rob Gronkowski. But the Eagles converted a fourth-and-1 gamble by Pederson on their own 45-yard line with less than six minutes remaining. They cashed in with Foles's 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz with 2:21 to play and then, after defensive end Brandon Graham poked the football from Brady's hand on a sack for a fumble and turnover, kicker Jake Elliott drilled a 46-yard field goal with 1:05 to go.

The Patriots had one last chance, but Brady's desperation throw into the end zone fell to the turf incomplete as time expired.

"It's disappointing," Belichick said, "but proud of the way our team competed. . . . It's a tough way to end up."

Added Brady of his three Super Bowl defeats: "They're all pretty disappointing. Losing sucks. You show up and you try to win. But sometimes you lose, and that's the way it goes.

"We never really got control of the game. We never really played on our terms. We didn't make enough plays when we needed to."

Foles, who was named Super Bowl MVP, threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns to cap a wondrous postseason run after he took over for injured Eagles starter Carson Wentz late in the regular season. Foles threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in the first half as the Eagles raced to a lead, and to running back Corey Clement in the third quarter. Tailback LeGarrette Blount ran for a touchdown, and Foles even had a touchdown catch on a beauty of a trick play dialed up by Pederson.

Brady also threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Hogan, and the Patriots received a touchdown run by tailback James White. The Patriots had to play without wideout Brandin Cooks after he suffered a concussion on a first-half hit by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.

In the first half alone, the two teams combined for 673 yards of total offense. Brady and Foles totaled 491 passing yards, including 276 by Brady. Each quarterback had a pass thrown his way. There were two missed extra points, a missed two-point conversion and a missed field goal. The Patriots lost Cooks, one game after losing Gronkowski in the first half of the AFC championship game to a concussion suffered on a brutally jarring hit.

Foles was sharp from the outset, to the delight of the decidedly pro-Eagles crowd. He led the Eagles to an opening-drive field goal, which was matched by the Patriots on their first possession. The Eagles took control from there.

Blount, playing against the Patriots in the Super Bowl one year after playing for them in it, bounced outside for a 36-yard run, followed on the next play by Foles teaming with Jeffery for a 34-yard touchdown. Cornerback Eric Rowe, starting for the Patriots in place of mysteriously benched former Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, had good coverage, but Jeffery made a fantastic leaping catch in the back of the end zone.

The Patriots were not quite in sync. A 50-yard connection from Brady to wide receiver Danny Amendola set up a scoring chance. But Belichick opted against a fourth-and-one gamble, and kicker Stephen Gostkowski sent the football off the left upright after a mishandled low snap on a 26-yard field goal try.

Cooks exited the game in the second quarter. The Patriots had Brady wide open as a trick-play receiver soon after. But Brady could not haul in Amendola's throw, having the football bounce off his hands. Belichick's fourth-and-five gamble resulted in an incompletion.

Blount struck again with a 21-yard touchdown burst. The Patriots answered with a field goal and then, after Foles threw a deflected-pass interception to safety Duron Harmon, White provided a 26-yard touchdown dash. No matter. The Eagles replied before halftime. Clement had a 55-yard catch and run, and the Eagles made their fourth-and-1 gimmick play work. A direct snap to Clement was followed by a toss to tight end Trey Burton, who threw a pass to the open Foles for the touchdown.

Pederson had his former Green Bay Packers teammate, Brett Favre, address Philadelphia's players Saturday. Favre warned the Eagles not to let up and not to believe at any point they had the Patriots beaten, or they'd suffer the same fate as the Atlanta Falcons had a year ago. Still, it was the Patriots who struck first in the second half, getting to within 22-19 on Brady's five-yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski.

But the touchdowns were coming in rapid succession. Foles threw a 22-yarder to Clement on a touchdown that was upheld on a close instant-replay review despite what could have been a bobble by Clement. Brady came right back with a 26-yarder to Hogan. The Eagles extended their advantage with Elliott's field goal in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, but Brady's four-yard touchdown lob to Gronkowski and the extra point gave the Patriots their first lead.

Mark Maske (c) 2018, The Washington Post.

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