That strategy has long been associated with Napoleon, and they are words that Patriots coach Bill Belichick has lived by throughout his incredibly successful NFL career.
Pederson understood that every Eagles punt or field goal settled for would have been a shot in the arm for a Patriots team undaunted by any deficit or situation, and that was reflected by his fearless play-calling, best encapsulated by the extremely audacious fourth-down play late in the second half.
Seven plays later, Foles found Ertz again for a touchdown that put the Eagles up for the good. Having thrown everything at Philadelphia, Brady finally ran out of answers and, after being stripped by Graham, could only muster a failed Hail Mary in a desperate bid to force overtime.
Belichick has made a career out of allowing opponents to outwit themselves and capitalizing. This time it was he who made the critical error in judgment and, unlike those before him, Pederson refused to let the rarest of opportunities slip through his fingers and delivered the trophy that had long evaded the Eagles’ grasp.
As always, the Super Bowl will finish as the top-rated TV program of the year, and the broadcast ranks 10th on the list of most-watched U.S. TV broadcasts of all time. Super Bowls make up 19 of the top 20 broadcasts on that list. The lone exception is the M*A*S*H series finale in 1983, which drew 105.9 million viewers. Super Bowl 52 is the first NFL championship game since 2009 to fall behind that episode in the rankings.
The decline in ratings is more cause for concern in the NFL. The league’s regular-season ratings declined 9.7 percent over 2016, and that follows an 8 percent regular-season decline the previous year.
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Quarterbacks communicate with the sidelines via microphones in their helmets that pick up an NFL-monitored radio frequency. An NFL sideline official cuts off communications on this frequency 15 seconds before the play clock runs out.