Tom Brady broke his own record for passing yards in a Super Bowl and the New England Patriots didn't punt in the entire game, but Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles' offense outlasted them in the fourth quarter to escape with a 41-33 victory.
After scoring on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard line earlier in the game, the Eagles converted on their second fourth-down attempt late in the fourth quarter to extend their go-ahead drive.
The Eagles faced fourth and 1 from their own 45-yard line with 5:39 to play, trailing by one. There was enough time to think about punting, hoping a stop on defense would leave them with enough time to score. The Bills did that in overtime against the Colts this year – from the other side of the field – punting on fourth and 1 from the Colts' 41 with 4:13 left (though they managed to win in spite of it).
But the Eagles went for it and converted. ESPN's win probability metric said just the decision to go for it, regardless of the result, increased their chance of winning by 7.3 percent. The Eagles went on to take the lead on the drive. The aggressive call was the right one, and it showed that keeping the pedal to the floor is the only way to stay with the Patriots.
At last: The Eagles' stout defensive line recorded its first sack of Brady with 2:09 left in the game and forced a fumble, which helped put the game away.