Edson: Eagles Beat Belichick, Lombardi For Their Last 2 Titles

It was ironic that the Philadelphia Eagles accepted the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night – symbolic of winning the NFL title – after knocking off the favored New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

That’s because before Sunday’s 41-33 win over the Patriots, the last Eagles championship came in 1960. That’s when Norm Van Brocklin, a Hall of Fame quarterback, guided Philadelphia to a title game victory over Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers.

That was Lombardi’s second year on the job in Green Bay and it was the last time he lost a championship game.

So you have to hand it to the Eagles. When they win a championship – which isn’t very often – they beat the best coaches in NFL history.

I’ve seen every Super Bowl – all 52 of them – and in my mind this was the most entertaining one of them all.

The teams moved up and down the field like a pinball machine. The great Tom Brady threw for 505 yards and 3 touchdowns.

But the story of the game was Philadelphia backup quarterback Nick Foles. He threw for 373 yards, 3 touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass on one of the most calls in Super Bowl history.

To be truthful, I wouldn’t have been surprised if New England had won this game by double digits. But then unfolded into an offensive shootout.

The difference was in the play calling. Philadelphia was relentless and daring all game long. That’s in contrast to last year’s Super Bowl, when Atlanta rolled out to a 28-3 lead over the Patriots and then went into an offensive shell.

The Eagles learned from what they saw last year. They held their offensive pedal to the medal the entire game. As a result, they are now Super Bowl champions.

So what we learned from this is that there is hope for our Detroit Lions.

After all, New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia now officially takes over this week as coach of the Lions.

Depending on what the Lions do in the off-season as far as building their roster – through free agency and the draft – things could get interesting in the Motor City next fall.

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.