“Unbelievable,” Foles said on the field after the game. “We felt confident coming in, and we just went out there and played football. We played this game since we were little kids, we dreamed about this moment.
“We’re very blessed.”
The Patriots got a last-gasp possession facing an eight-point deficit, but they fell short in a 41-33 decision at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
“Nick made some outstanding throws,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “It kind of felt like whoever had the ball last could win this game.”
Foles completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns, and he became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to catch a touchdown pass.
The TD toss from backup tight end Trey Burton to Foles was a play call dubbed “Philly special,” Pederson said.
“We hit it at the right time — we’ve probably worked on it for a month,” Foles said of the trick play the Eagles used on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the second quarter.
Foles took over the starting job after regular-season MVP candidate Carson Wentz sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 14. Foles went 2-1 as a starter to finish the regular season, but the Eagles entered the postseason with serious question marks on offense after losing 6-0 to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17 while Foles completed 4 of 11 passes for 39 yards and an interception.
He answered his critics by completing 77.8 percent of his passes for 598 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while leading the Eagles to victories over the Atlanta Falcons and the Minnesota Vikings to reach the Super Bowl.
Pederson vowed to remain aggressive with Foles under center, and that included calling for two successful fourth-and-1 plays in the Super Bowl. The first was the trick-play touchdown, and the second was a 2-yard completion from Foles to tight end Zach Ertz from Philadelphia’s own 45-yard line with the Eagles clinging to a five-point lead in the fourth quarter.
“My mentality coming into the game was, listen, I’m going to stay aggressive with Nick and let him use his playmakers to make plays,” said Pederson.
Foles wound up with the win over Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — 28 of 48, 505 yards, three touchdowns — in the most prolific offensive display in Super Bowl history.
“We talked a lot this last week, there was a time where I was thinking about hanging up the cleats,” Foles said. “I felt pretty good. It’s a big game. It doesn’t get any bigger than this. The big thing for me was knowing I didn’t have to be Superman. Not look at the scoreboard, not look at the time, just go out there and play. I didn’t switch my mindset. I was just playing ball.”