Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on from the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

One more NFL game, one more week of players, coaches and officials doing stupid things. Yes, even in the Super Bowl!

In this year’s final edition of This Weekend in NFL Stupid, we conclude a stupid NFL season with a look back at a stupid-good Super Bowl.

Philadelphia’s stupid things

The Eagles, amazingly, beat the mighty New England Patriots despite quite a large amount of stupidity. For example:

1. They chased points just 20 minutes into the game, going for two after taking a 15-3 lead early in the second quarter. Unnecessary that early in a game like this, and something that could have been very costly.

2. Down by a point with less than five minutes to play, they burned a timeout on first down. You’re better off taking the five-yard penalty, as timeouts are too important in a situation like that. After the timeout, Philly gained just one yard on a LeGarrette Blount run.

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3. On a first-down catch in the red zone with less than three minutes to play, Nelson Agholor neglected to stay in bounds. At that point, the Eagles had to keep the clock running or force the Patriots to use their timeouts. By going out of bounds, Agholor was doing Tom Brady and Co. a favor.

4. After New England stupidly called timeout with 2:03 remaining, they had a chance to take a shot at ending the game with a pass on 2nd-and-8. The clock was going to stop regardless after the next play, so the entire playbook was available. Instead, they ran it with Blount for three predictable yards, and one play later the Pats were given one more shot.

New England’s stupid things

But the Eagles will never have to fret about those mistakes, because they won the game. The Patriots, on the other hand…

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1. Took that timeout with 2:03 on the clock. Always wait for the two-minute warning there. That could have haunted them in a major way had the Eagles thrown for a first down.

2. Burned a timeout on defense midway through the fourth quarter. Would have been nice to have that late. After that bad timeout, the Eagles converted a third down against them anyway.

Other stupid things

1. This probably should have been pass interference.

2. Same with this.

3. On New England’s Hail Mary attempt, this at least should have drawn a flag.


4. And then there was this.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.