Brandon Graham's Strip sack
The defensive play we all were waiting for.
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
Super Bowl LII had a ton of exciting and memorable moments, though very few of them came on the defensive side of the ball. Aside from Malcolm Jenkins’ hit on Brandin Cooks early in the second quarter, most of the game was a battle of the offenses. So much so that the Eagles and Patriots combined for 1,151 yards – a new NFL record for yards in a game (regular or postseason).
Tom Brady complied 505 passing yards, setting a record for most passing yards in a playoff game (previously held by Bernie Kosar with the Browns in 1986 – 489 yards). Though the Eagles kept Brady and the Pats in-check during the first half, in the second half it seemed that the Patriots had made some adjustments and were starting to gain momentum thanks to a heavy dose of Brady-to-Gronk.
Needless to say, Eagles fans were waiting for a game-changing defensive play the entire night.
A sack, an interception, a fumble…something…anything to slow down the Patriots. Nick Foles and the offense had done their job all night and now it was the defenses turn to step up…and then it happened.
The Eagles were up 38-33 with 2:16 left in the game. The Patriots were driving down the field in hopes of scoring the go-ahead touchdown. Brady took the snap, stepped up in the pocket and was unexpectedly met by Brandon Graham who reached out and hit the ball out of Brady’s hand. Philly’s rookie DE Derek Barnett scooped up the loose ball and the rest is history.
In a game with so much offense, it was great to see such a pivotal play made by the Eagles' defense and a player like Graham, who was a team leader and playmaker all season long.