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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Eagles dethrone Patriots in Super Bowl for the ages

The Philadelphia Eagles claiming their first Super Bowl championship on Sunday night, preventing the New England Patriots from matching an NFL record with their sixth title.

"In one of the most stunning and entertaining NFL championship games ever played, a game virtually devoid of defense, the teams combined for a Super Bowl-record 1,151 yards," Vic Carucci writes in his game story from Minneapolis. "[Nick] Foles, who replaced Carson Wentz after his MVP-type season ended with a knee injury on Dec. 10, gave an amazing performance to earn Super Bowl MVP honors as he gave the underdog Eagles their first Super Bowl win in three tries."

Jerry Sullivan: "The Eagles' 41-33 victory Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium was the best game in Super Bowl history, a breathtaking shootout between Tom Brady and Nick Foles in front of a highly partisan Philadelphia crowd that had waited half a century for this moment."

Vic Carucci's Take Five: How the heck does Nick Foles go from Super Bowl MVP to his previous status as the backup to Carson Wentz?

Quarterly analysis: 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th

Stock report: Jay Skurski's three up and three down from the big game.

Last game for Gronk? The Patriots star tight end and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski wouldn't commit to returning for a ninth season when asked by reporters after Sunday's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles. "I'm definitely going to look at my future, for sure. Sit down in the next couple weeks and see where I'm at," said the 28-year-old Gronkowski, who has battled several significant injuries in his career.

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How the locals faredSuper Bowl LII was packed with local connections, from Western New York natives on both teams to former Bills players and coaches.

Analyzing the analysts: Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth had strong moments and perplexing ones, Alan Pergament writes.

Jeff Miers: Justin Timberlake takes a knee for Prince, offers invigorating halftime set.

Top tweets: From current and former Bills players -- most notably, Tre'Davious White's takes -- as well as the #BillsMafia.

More from White: "“We’ve got a great nucleus of guys. Going forward, we’re going to be giving guys hell in the AFC East in years to come," the Bills cornerback told the NFL Network."

QB watch: Washington will consider using franchise tag on Kirk Cousins in the hopes of trading the pending free agent quarterback, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The 'other' Goodell: As a U.S. senator, Charles Goodell, father of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, ran afoul of the Nixon White House in opposing the Vietnam War — and ended up a Republican outcast. Tim Graham details his fascinating story in long form.

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