Super Bowl 52 Game Summary and Prop Betting Results
52nd NFL Championship First Half Summary
One for the ages best describes Super Bowl LII as a worldwide viewing audience was treated to an instant classic. Visitors, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota, Philadelphia called tails on the coin flip and the result was heads. Predicting they would, New England won the toss and elected to defer. Scoring the first points, a harbouring of things to come, the Eagles went 67 yards but settled for 25-yard field goal 7:02 into the match. Surviving a 14-play drive was a moral victory for the Pats.
New England answered with a 9-play drive, that also covered 67 yards though in 3:38, and the Patriots kicked a field goal to knot the score at 3-3. That was the only time SB 52 was tied and chalk up a moral victory for the Eagles. Striking quick, just 1:43 later - during another "shape of things to come" moment, QB Nick Foles and WR Alshon Jeffery connected on a 34 YD TD pass play. PK Jake Elliott missed the extra point but Philly led 9-6 after a quick 3.5 drive first quarter.
First Quarter Scoring Summary: Touchdown (1) Field Goals (3) Missed Extra Point (1)
Two plays into Q2, a bad snap and hold led to PK Stephen Gostkowski missing a 24-yard chip shot field goal but the Eagles went three and out during the ensuing drive. As Patriots backers, our first gut feeling the tide had turned followed as WR Brandin Cooks was knocked out after a 23-yard reception. Then, on a direct snap, RB James White handed off to WR Danny Amendola who arced a pass that was a tad high but could've been caught by Tom Brady - Gronk would have grabbed it.
New England punted and the floodgates opened. Ex-Pat RB LeGarrette Blount blazed his way to a 21-yard TD 6:05 into Q2 and the Eagles were up 15-3 after a failed 2-PT play. Gostkowski hit a 45-yard FG and White ran in a 26 yard TD (PAT missed) on the Patriots next two possessions to make the score 15-12. With 0:38 left in the half, facing 4th & goal, RB Cory Clement pitched to TE Trey Burton who threw a 1-yard TD rainbow to Foles giving Philadelphia a 22-12 lead at halftime.
Second Quarter Scoring Summary: Touchdown (3) FG (1) FG Missed (1) Failed 2-PT Pass (1)
Loads Of Fireworks Were Saved For The Second Half
Opening the third quarter, playing out their coin toss deferral plan, TE Rob Gronkowski scored on a 5 YD TD pass. NEP was down 22-19 after that 8-play drive which lasted just 2:45. Unfazed, Foles went to work and completed an 11-play series (4:57) with a 22-yard TD pass to Clement moving the score to 29-19. Answering right back, and pushing the Game Total OVER, WR Chis Hogan caught a 26-yard TD toss, one of his many contributions, and the Pats trailed 29-26 after Q3.
Third Quarter Scoring Summary: Touchdown Passes (3) Single Point Conversions (3)
Elliott kicked a 42-yard FG, 1:46 into the fourth frame, to put the Eagles up 26-16. New England earned their first lead of the night on a 4-yard Gronkowski TD catch and the score was 33-32 with 9:22 left in the match. Foles then completed a 14-play drive, with an 11 YD TD strike to TE Zach Ertz, and the Eagles led 38-33 after another failed 2-PT try. On the ensuing drive, the Philly D forced a Brady sack/fumble and, three plays later, Elliott hit a 46 YD FG to make the final score 41-33.
Fourth Quarter Scoring Summary: Touchdown (2) Field Goal (2) Failed 2-PT Pass (1)
Four Super Bowl LII Defining Moments: 1) Brandin Cooks getting popped early affected the Pats play calling the rest of the way. 2) Brady's alligator arms, on a play that should have given NEP a 1st down deep in Eagles territory, was a monster momentum shift. 3) Eagles HC Doug Pederson not settling for a field goal, with 0:30 left in Q2, plus Foles becoming the first QB to pass and catch a SB TD, was a near game winning call. 4) During a duel that was largely void of defense - the late Q4 sack/forced fumble by the Eagles D kept Brady from doing what he does best and sealed the deal.
Super Bowl LII Calls That Made Us Look Like Kreskin
During our 14 article Super Bowl LII preview and betting advice series, we made 25 selections that included standard ATS, SU and O/U wagers plus 22 prop bets. We started out strong with our Coin Toss predictions as we had HEADS and the Patriots to win the toss. We also cashed with our First Play on Offense (Pass) and First 1st Down (Eagles) picks on that 4-0 page. We had NEP to score the First Points (PHI) but we covered that loss when Elliott's field goal was the first score of the game.
Making our day a success, with our Game Winning Scores information page, we had Zach Ertz with a fat (+1300) money line to score the last TD and the shortest field goal to be under 47.5 yards. Tarnishing our shining star sheet slightly, not catching the highest scoring quarter, we had Q4 (19) and the winner was Q2 (22), was the lone loss on our biggest money making prop advice page. Overall, after plowing a ton of research into our picks, we are happy with the returns.
SB 52 Betting Results Table: Shaded Grey: Ticket to Trash - Shaded Green: Ticket to Cash
|#||Betting Option||Selection||Winner||Odds +/-||Book||Units||Result|
|1||Coin Toss Call||HEADS||HEADS||-105||SIA||100||95.24|
|2||Coin Toss Win||Patriots||Patriots||-105||SIA||100||95.24|
|3||First Play Call on Offense||PASS||PASS||-105||Bodog||100||95.24|
|4||Team With First 1st Down||Eagles||Eagles||-110||Bet365||100||90.91|
|5||Which Team Scores First||Patriots||Eagles||-138||SIA||100||-100.00|
|6||First SB Score Type||FG or Safety||Field Goal||210||Bodog||100||210.00|
|7||Time of First Score||Before (7:00)||After (7:05)||-120||Bet365||100||-100.00|
|8||First TD Scorer||James White||Alshon Jeffery||1400||Bodog||100||-100.00|
|9||Anytime SB 52 TD Scorer||Chris Hogan||YES TD Catch||225||Betway||100||225.00|
|10||Player to Score First TD||Brandin Cooks||Alshon Jeffery||900||Bodog||100||-100.00|
|11||Player to Score First TD||Dion Lewis||Alshon Jeffery||1000||Bodog||100||-100.00|
|12||Player to Score First TD||Rex Burkhead||Alshon Jeffery||1600||Bodog||100||-100.00|
|13||First TD O/U 16.5 Yards||UNDER||OVER (37 YDS)||-120||SIA||100||-100.00|
|14||Jersey # First TD||OVER 32.5||UNDER #17||-108||Pinnacle||100||-100.00|
|15||Team With Shortest TD||Patriots||Eagles||-115||Bodog||100||-100.00|
|16||Shortest TD O/U 1.5 YDS||UNDER 1.5||UNDER 1 YD||-125||SIA||100||80.00|
|17||Length Of First TD||1 to 7 Yards||Jeffery 34 YDS||160||Bodog||100||-100.00|
|18||Patriots First Touchdown||Rex Burkhead||James White||600||Bodog||100||-100.00|
|19||Last SB 52 Touchdown||Zach Ertz||Zach Ertz||1300||SIA||100||1300.00|
|20||Highest Scoring Quarter||4th Quarter (19)||2nd (22 PTS)||165||SIA||100||-100.00|
|21||Longest Field Goal||UNDER 47.5 YDS||UNDER (46 YDS)||120||Bodog||100||120.00|
|22||Super Bowl MVP||Dion Leiws||Nick Foles||1800||SIA||100||-100.00|
|23||Against The Spread||Patriots||Eagles||-4.5 (-110)||Bet365||100||-100,00|
|25||Game Total||OVER||OVER||48.5 (-110)||Betway||100||90.91|
Predictions On SB 52 That Made Us Look Like A Fence Post
One of our favorite wagers "Jersey Number Of First TD Scorer" crashed when #17 made UNDER 37.5 a winner on that prop page. We also lost our UNDER 7:00 first score timing wager (by two seconds) and New England scoring the shortest TD pick on what was our lone nothing but feathers sheet. We were wrong with our New England first TD scorer call, and the first TD being 1 to 7 yards, but catching UNDER 1.5 yards on our Shortest TD sheet did soften the blow slightly.
We missed badly with our First Touchdown advice as Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery was the proper pick and we were loaded with Chowder. Pats WR Chris Hogan catching an "Anytime SB TD" did minimized the damage on that selection sheet. Neither our Point Spread or Moneyline predictions cashed as we had New England on both. Calling the OVER saved of us from too much of a loss on our ATS, SU and O/U Big Three picks as the 48.5 O/U line was exceeded in the third quarter. Going out on a limb, with NEP RB Dion Lewis at +1800, we were way off on our Super Bowl MVP pick.
Back To The Futures With Top Online Bookmakers
Our weekly Super Bowl Futures feature produced some very solid returns on the Eagles as we had Philadelphia to win the NFC Championship and Super Bowl 52. We picked up the Eagles to win the NFC at (+800) in Week 6 and to capture SB LII at (+850) in Week 7. While there were other picks in the mix, including the Patriots going back-to-back, the season series produced an overall profit.
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