Super Bowl 52: Post Game Observations

Super Bowl 52 will go down as one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history. Eagles held on for a 41-33 win with the game ending on a near completion on a hail mary pass. Not this time Tom Brady. Our thoughts and prayers go out to property owners in the city of Philadelphia. There will be no shortage of damage, destruction and debauchery in this celebration.

  • An outstanding offensive performance from both teams. With 15 minutes to go, this game broke the record for overall yards gained.

  • There was only 1 punt in the whole game. Thankfully, it came from self-proclaimed Donnie "Bag of Bones" Jones.

  • Both place kickers played at Memphis. Weird coincidence.

  • Due to a missed extra point, a missed field goal and two unsuccessful two point conversion attempts there were no dead numbers in square pools. Typically 2-2, 5-5, 8-2, 5-2 and 5-6 have an extremely low probability of winning. Score at the half was 22-12.

  • Great job by the NFL not over turning the call on the field for the Clements and Ertz touchdown catches. Still no one knows what the NFL considers a catch. But, by not overturning those calls, the NFL saved the city of Philadelphia from being demolished by irate Eagles fans. Our takes:

    • Clements catch was close. But that throw and catch deserved being a touchdown. He may have bobbled the ball but he held on even while slamming into major camera equipment right behind the end zone.

    • Ertz catch was a no-brainer. He made a great catch, took 3 steps and leapt toward the end zone. He was a runner and the ball broke the plane. Touchdown.

    • Chris Collinsworth, one of my idols growing up, has lost his marbles. Maybe it's how many times he's seen the NFL overturn catches on the slightest move of the ball, but he was adamant that neither was a catch. Say it ain't so Chris.

  • We did not see enough of Head Referee Gene Steratore. With only 7 penalties in the game (only 1 against the Pats), we did not get to see Steratore's smirky, non-chalant style of announcing penalties enough yesterday. Thankfully we had a couple of replays to get him some screen time.

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  • Amendola blew the reverse pass back to Brady. Brady was wide open. Danny rushed the pass and over threw it. Put the blame where it is deserved.

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  • Brady's fumble was a great defensive play. Tough to call it a fumble and definitely not Brady's fault. It was a strip by the D lineman and it was the best defensive play of the game.

  • The 4th and goal play call from the 1 was a great decision and a great play call. Eagles had to go for it. If they score, the momentum swings big time in their favor. If they don't make it, Brady has to go 99 yards in :34. Why kick the FG and give them better field position? Great call Doug Pederson.

  • Nick Foles played an amazing game and deserved to be the MVP. Only blemish on his card was an INT that bounced off his reserve twice and a defender before it was caught by a Patriots DB at the 1.

  • Belichick needs to take some heat for the decision to bench Malcom Butler. Geez, what did the guy do to get benched during the Super Bowl? Unless he slept with Belichick's girlfriend or something along those lines, this decision was ridiculous. Can't say it cost the Pats the game, but I'm pretty sure it didn't help.

Other observations of note:

  • Brady is a lightning rod for memes and his pre-game attire added fuel to that fire

  • Advertisers tried way too hard to "speak" to millennials with socially conscious ads that back-fired more often than not.

  • Humor stills resonates best with the Super Bowl audience - especially here at IWI Sports. Our top 3:

1) "Dirty Dancing" starring Eli Manning and Odell Beckham

No need to comment, just watch. This is the second best performance of Eli's career.

2) "It's a Tide Ad" starring Sheriff Hopper

Funny, unpredictable and a great parody of other campaigns. Fantastic use of the very popular Sheriff Hopper, the best character in "Stranger Things"

3. "Alexa Loses Her Voice" starring Leslie Jones and JB Smoove

Good campaign overall, but my favorite was the final spot starring SNL's Leslie Jones and always funny JB Smoove. We don't own an Alexa, but if these two were on the other end we'd own 10.

All things considered, it was a fantastic end to the 2017-18 NFL season. I'd be shocked to hear if anyone is still reading this post, but just wanted to say thank you for following us this season. It's been a lot of fun and we're looking forward to next season. Keep an eye out for additional posts throughout the year featuring College Basketball, The Masters, the NFL draft and anything else that piques our interest throughout the year. 

Best to all in 2018!