Super Bowl LII lived up to all the hype & was an exciting offensive battle between The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.
Most analysts said the Patriots were heavy favorites in Super Bowl LII, but the Eagles never bought into it, and found a way to win, 41-33, even as Tom Brady threw 505 yards.
Nick Foles, the backup quarterback who took over as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback in Week 14 after the starting quarterback was injured completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Foles, even caught a touchdown pass in a reverse play that became part of Super Bowl History. Foles became the first player ever to both throw for and catch a touchdown in one Super Bowl. This touchdown, late in the 2nd quarter put the Eagles up 22-12 and despite a valiant effort by the Patriots and a comeback, the Eagles became Super Bowl champs.
The Patriot’s even had the lead going into the 4th quarter, but after a Zack Ertz touchdown catch, which was reviewed by officials, and a big sack on Tom Brady by Philadelphia’s defensive end Brandon Graham, resulting in a field goal, it would be the Eagle’s night to celebrate their first Super Bowl victory.
This was an offensive effort that few predicted Foles was capable of coming into the game. Foles became the obvious choice to receive the MVP of The Super Bowl after this incredible offensive performance, paired with the previous weeks decisive win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game.
There was a lot more going on Super Bowl Sunday besides the game itself to investigate.
The N.F.L had a rough season with ratings dropping after several players began kneeling during the national anthem for social justice causes. Many patriotic fans and conservatives began boycotts of the NFL. No players kneeled during the anthem sung by pop star Pink tonight, so controversy was out of the spotlight and an exciting game was played, which people who are only casual fans would have enjoyed. Ratings estimates are around 100 million, which was strong considering ratings were down 10% this season.
The Super Bowl is a huge showcase for cooperation’s to showcase their latest offerings and employ clever marketing techniques. Pop culture experts are calling the NetFlix decision to surprise audiences by releasing the new J.J. Abrams science fiction series “The Cloverfield Paradox” on their streaming service, immediately after the game, brilliant. Netflix used traditional network TV’s biggest showcase to promote their newest original series on the newer competing medium of online streaming.
Not all companies got rave from the pop culture elite. Ram Trucks got panned on twitter and by culture writers for using a Martin Luther King speech to sell trucks in their new Super Bowl commercial showcase.
Since this is The Jewish Voice, it is important to point out that for the second year in a row the owners of both teams competing happen to be Jewish. Last year, Robert Kraft’s New England Patriots battled Arthur Blank’s Atlanta Falcons, and both owners were Jewish.
Kraft, CEO of The Kraft Group, has generously donated to Jewish and Israeli causes for years, giving away more than $100 million to health care, education and local needs, TJV reported.
The Hillel at Columbia University, his alma mater, is housed in the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life. Its beautiful facade is covered in golden Jerusalem stone and brings a taste of the Holy Land to Manhattan, aish.com described.
In 2015 November, he gave $6 million dollars for the building of the Kraft Family Stadium in Emek Ha’Arazim in Jerusalem. He is a major sponsor of the I.F.L (Israeli Football league), the only American tackle Football league in Israel.
Robert grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, his father, Harry Kraft, was a dress manufacturer and Jewish lay leader at Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline. The Krafts were an observant, Jewish family & Harry wanted his son to become a rabbi.
Arthur Blank, owner of the Falcons, is co-founder of Home Depot and has donated over $8 million to various Jewish causes in the US.
The owner of this year’s Super Bowl Champs , is also Jewish. Jeffrey Lurie describes himself as primarily culturally Jewish, though he does seem to cling to one Jewish tradition: every year, he makes the track to his father’s grave in the Temple Israel Cemetery near Boston, honoring his father’s memory and legacy. There, he pours out his heart, silently speaking to his father, reviewing all that’s going on with his life, and communing with his father’s memory. Jeffrey Lurie’s father died when he was just nine years old; for decades, Jeffrey has kept up the tradition of visiting his Jewish cemetery, as reported by aish.com.
This year’s Super Bowl was played in the home stadium of the Minnesota Vikings. The owner of the Vikings, is Mark Wilf and he is also Jewish. Wilf’s parents are Holocaust survivors, and he recalls, “They always were tremendous Zionists and had a tremendous love of Israel, but also just such a love of America – what it has meant for our family, what it has meant for the world.”
Over the past 50 years, the Wilf Family Foundation has donated over $200 million to Jewish and Israeli causes in Jerusalem, New York and many other places.
The Super Bowl was an exciting game this year, and a Jewish trifecta.