Tom Brady on Fumble in Super Bowl 52: 'They Made 1 Good Play at the Right Time'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2018

New England Patriots' Tom Brady sits on the field after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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The Philadelphia Eagles defense made one huge play on their way to a Super Bowl LII victory, with Brandon Graham strip-sacking Tom Brady late in the fourth quarter to help seal the 41-33 win.

Brady, still seemingly dismayed following the game, responded succinctly regarding the play.

"They made a good play," Brady told reporters following the game. "They made a good play. They made one good play at the right time."

Graham hit Brady's arm while rushing off the edge with 2:09 remaining, and Eagles rookie Derek Barnett recovered. The play came with the Patriots trailing 38-33 but having scored touchdowns on each of their previous three possessions.

"I knew I had a one-on-one with the guard," Graham said. "I knew he liked to be aggressive, so I tried to act like I was pulling. I snatched it right off, and Tom Brady’s arm was right there, and I went for the ball."

Jake Elliott hit a 46-yard field goal on the Eagles' subsequent possession, giving New England the ball back with 1:05 remaining. After an ill-fated reverse on the kickoff pushed the ball back to the Patriots' 9-yard line, New England drove the ball to midfield but ran out of time, with Brady's last-second Hail Mary falling incomplete.

The sack was the biggest play in an all-time offensive slugfest as the teams combined to set a Super Bowl record 1,151 total yards while punting just once. Brady threw for a Super Bowl record 505 yards, breaking the mark he set a year ago in the Patriots' comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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