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Super Bowl: Nick Foles catches TD pass as Eagles lead Patriots at halftime

The two most pivotal moments of Super Bowl LII through the first half are a catch and a drop by each team’s starting quarterback.

On their first drive of the second quarter, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady botched an attempted over-the-shoulder catch on a throw from receiver Danny Amendola on a trick play. The Patriots went for it on fourth-and-5 after that play, and Brady’s throw to Rob Gronkowski was knocked away by Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Mills.

Then, with 34 seconds remaining in the quarter, the Eagles decided to go for fourth and goal from the one-yard line. This time, tight end Trey Burton completed a pass to QB Nick Foles in the endzone to restore Philadelphia’s 10-point lead.

Earlier in the quarter, LeGarrette Blount scored on a 21-yard run. The 2-point conversion pass attempt by Foles fell incomplete, leaving the Eagles’ lead at 15-3.

The Patriots answered that score with a 26-yard rush by James White.

New England’s Brandin Cooks, early in the second quarter, stayed motionless on the field for about a minute after a hard blindside hit to the head from Malcolm Jenkins at the end of a 23-yard catch. It was announced that Cooks wouldn’t return.

In the first quarter, the Eagles jumped on a shaky New England defence to begin building their early advantage.

After the teams traded opening drive field goals, the Eagles used two big plays to go down the field for the first touchdown of the game.

First, running back Blount burst past the Patriots line for a 36-yard rush. The next play, quarterback Nick Foles found Alshon Jeffery streaking down the sideline for a 34-yard bomb. However, kicker Jake Elliott missed the point after attempt.

Alshon Jeffery and teammates of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate a 34-yard touchdown pass against the New England Patriots in the first quarter of Super Bowl LII. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

For the Patriots, It’s the first time in eight Super Bowl appearances that they’ve scored in the first quarter with Brady and coach Bill Belichick. The key plays were Brady’s completions of 28 yards to Chris Hogan and 15 yards to running back White.

On the Eagles’ first drive, they picked up a first down at the 5 after Corey Clement’s 16-yard gain on a catch and run. But a penalty and two incomplete passes forced Philadelphia to settle for the field goal.

CBC | Sports News