EAGLES BEST PLAY EVER 38 2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE
BRANDON GRAHAM SACK
T H E D E FE N S IV E EN D C E M EN T S H IS P L A C E IN F RA N C H I S E H IS T O R Y
Fast-forward to the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LII. The Eagles
regained the lead on an 11-yard touchdown reception by tight
end Zach Ertz. The Patriots took over at their 25-yard line with
2:21 remaining, down 38-33. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
was in position for another fourth-quarter comeback on the
game’s biggest stage.
Not on this night, however. Two plays later, defensive end
Brandon Graham lined up inside and beat guard Shaq Mason.
Graham was able to extend his arm and knock the ball out of
Brady’s hand. Rookie defensive end Derek Barnett scooped up
the ball, giving possession back to the offense.
“I had two emotions. I was ecstatic. I thought we really were
going to have a chance to win this game,” Lurie says. “I thought
we could score a touchdown off this and clinch it, a field goal
would get us to eight. The hope was that the way our offense was
playing that we should score a touchdown. I didn’t want us to be
too conservative but we definitely had to get a decent field goal.
“The second was we are far from winning this game. We had
a five-point lead when this happened and plenty of time if we
didn’t score. Then, we’d be back in the same situation.”
The Eagles extended their lead with a 46-yard Jake Elliott field
goal that proved to be the final points of the game in a 41-33
triumph to bring home the first Super Bowl Championship in
Lurie was proud to see Graham, the longest-tenured player on
defense and a former first-round pick, deliver the turnover.
“Wow, what a blue-collar player, an incredible person in the
locker room. Loved by everybody,” Lurie says. “He gives it his all.
It was nice to see him produce one of the most iconic moments,
not just for the Eagles, but in NFL history.
“He deserved it. He had done all of the work and timed it. He
found the one vulnerability, that moment with Tom, and usurped
it. He timed his move perfectly.”