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Nick Foles outplayed Tom Brady in the 1st half of the Super Bowl, including as a receiver

Foles beat the greatest of all time in multiple ways.

NFL: Super Bowl LII-Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles entered Super Bowl 52 at a significant quarterback disadvantage. Such is life when you’re starting Nick Foles and the team you’re playing has Tom Brady.

But in the first 30 minutes of the NFL’s biggest game, Foles outplayed his five-championship counterpart. Their passing numbers:

  • Foles: 13-of-22 for 215 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and an 88.3 rating. The interception wasn’t Foles’ fault. He threw what should’ve been a 41-yard completion to Alshon Jeffery, but the receiver bobbled the ball directly into the hands of Patriots safety Duron Harmon. Tough luck for Foles, but not his fault.
  • Brady: 12-of-23 for 276 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions, and a 95.6 rating. Brady didn’t have any picks, but he threw at least two passes that were more interceptable than any Foles threw. A bunch of those yards were in garbage time at the end of the half, with the Eagles giving them to him.

And it wasn’t just passing.

New England decided to make Brady into a receiver on one play, and the Patriots’ trickery led to a wide-open Brady streaking downfield on a wheel route. The call worked to perfection, with receiver Danny Amendola fluttering a lovely ball into Brady’s arms. But the 40-year-old quarterback dropped it.

In the final minute of the half, the Eagles faced a fourth-and-goal at the Patriots’ 1-yard line. Philadelphia decided to beat the Patriots at their own game:

The Eagles ran a direct snap to a running back, with Foles lined up as an H-back. The play was a reverse, and Foles slipped free for the easiest TD of his life.

The Eagles led at the break, 22-12.