The gaping hole in the all-time resume of the Philadelphia Eagles has been filled. It took 52 tries, and for all but the senior citizens and die-hards it overshadows the NFL championship they won back when Eisenhower was in the White House.
The Eagles can now, finally, claim to be Super Bowl champions.
In typical fashion for this season, the Eagles and Foles overcame just to make it there, and to win it. They kept winning despite losing key players along the way, including Wentz, Jason Peter, Jordan Hicks and Ronald Darby.
For the Eagles to not only survive but thrive is a tribute to a coach who, oddly enough, didn’t get the recognition he likely deserved for finishing with the NFC’s best record and earning home-field advantage, Doug Pederson got just one vote for NFL Coach of the Year.
To get to the Patriots, they used a goal-line stand to hold on against the Falcons after a fairly dreadful first half by Foles, and then beat the Vikings into submission by 31 points, shrugging off Minnesota’s emotional wave from their own last-second playoff win over the Saints and dominating in every phase.
The franchise rode similar waves into its two previous Super Bowls, as Philadelphia fans were endlessly reminded for two weeks: they lost Super Bowls 15 and 39 before. Each year they fell short mocked them further, as entire eras passed with mounting disappointment and frustration — Dick Vermeil and Ron Jaworski, Buddy Ryan and Randall Cunningham and Reggie White, Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens.
Haley joined the Steelers in 2012 and shared incredible success with Roethlisberger during his time in Pittsburgh, though the relationship was not sustainable and coach Mike Tomlin Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping decided not to renew Haley’s expiring contract after the team’s disappointing divisional round loss to the Jaguars last month.
The Steelers later promoted quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to serve as the team’s new offensive coordinator, and Bell is optimistic about Fichtner’s Wholesale NHL Jerseys potential success given the solid relationship he has established with Roethlisberger since joining the organization in 2007.