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The Lombardi Trophy is finally flying its way to Philadelphia.

The Eagles held off a dramatic second-half comeback from the New England Patriots to win 41-33, earning their first Super Bowl title in franchise history and handing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick their third defeat on the biggest stage.

In a game stocked full of dramatic – and controversial – moments, Nick Foles and Brady went blow for blow as the two teams produced the most yards in a single game in NFL history. Foles threw for 372 yards, three touchdowns, and added a receiving touchdown while Brady broke his own Super Bowl record with 505 yards.

But it was the defense that ultimately won the game for Philadelphia. Defensive end Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady on the Patriots’ penultimate drive after a Zach Ertz touchdown put the Eagles ahead late in the fourth quarter, all but sealing the game for the NFC East outfit.

Brady got the ball back with just under a minute to play, but, this time, wasn’t able to engineer a spectacular game-winning drive.

Foles completed his Cinderella story by being named the MVP of the game.

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Now 40 years old, it seems Tom Brady can’t go anywhere without someone asking him about his eventual retirement.

That includes Super Bowl week in Minnesota, where the New England Patriots pivot was asked the question yet again despite leading the NFL in passing yards this season.

“Why does everyone want me to retire so bad? I don’t get it, I’m having fun,” Brady joked during his press availability on Wednesday. “I know I’m a little bit older than most of the other guys, but I’m really enjoying it.”

The entire AFC would probably be very happy if Brady opted to retire, as the path to the Super Bowl for that conference has involved the Patriots and the legendary quarterback for a record seven straight seasons.

Unfortunately for those teams, Brady has continuously said he hopes to play into his mid-40s, which means he could stand in their way for another few seasons.

Super Bowl media day got off to a rough start Monday morning.

Though not an official part of Super Bowl Opening Night, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cut his weekly spot on WEEI radio’s “Kirk and Callahan Show” short due to a comment station host Alex Reimer made Thursday about Brady’s daughter.

While discussing Brady’s daughter’s scene in the “Tom vs. Time” documentary, Reimer referred to her as “an annoying little pissant,” WEEI’s Rob Bradford confirmed.

Brady made only a brief comment on Monday’s show.

“I’ve tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect. I’ve always tried and come on and do a good job for you guys. It’s very disappointing when you hear that, certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly doesn’t deserve that,” Brady said.

“I really don’t have much to say about it this morning.”

The station suspended Reimer as of Friday.

Tom Brady has been open about wife Gisele Bundchen’s wish for him to retire, but according to former kicker Jay Feely, she also tried to enlist his help in convincing the New England Patriots quarterback to hang up his spikes.

In his latest feature on the New England PatriotsSports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop shared an interesting detail about a trip Feely took with Bundchen and Brady after Super Bowl LI:

Last spring Brady and his family vacationed with retired kicker Jay Feely, a close friend from their college days at Michigan. This being Brady, Feely prefers not to disclose the locale, but he does share that Brady’s wife, the supermodel Gisele Bundchen, spent time on that trip “trying to get me to convince (Tom) to stop playing.” And, Feely adds, “she was dead serious.”

Feely says he looked at his friend and told him, “Play as long as you can.” Brady smiled back and winked.

Brady admitted during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio last February that Bundchen “would have (him) retire today” if it was up to her.

The New England Patriots‘ power trio of owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady plan to meet after the season to clear the air, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Together, they have denied any reported tension between them, but they plan to address any lingering issues that have arisen after the trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the reported revoked access of Brady’s personal trainer Alex Guerrero.

The New England Patriots continue to distance themselves from ESPN’s Seth Wickersham‘s report of dissension within the team.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made a radio appearance Tuesday morning and rejected the notion that he celebrated the trade of backup Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in October.

Wickersham reported that Brady “seemed liberated” and was spotted at practice “hollering and cajoling” after the deal was made.

“I think that’s just such a poor characterization of anything. In 18 years, I’ve never celebrated when someone has been traded, been cut,” Brady said on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports. “I would say that’s disappointing to hear that someone would express that, or a writer would express that, because it’s so far from what my beliefs are about my teammates.”

Brady went on to share that he maintains relationships with many of his former backups.

“I would never, ever feel that way about when Jimmy got traded, when Jacoby (Brissett) got traded. I’ve kept in touch with all those guys,” he said. “When Matt Cassel was gone. All these guys I’ve worked with, I felt like I had such a great relationship with all the quarterbacks I’ve worked with. I kept in touch with basically everybody. So to characterize that as a certain way is just completely, completely wrong.”

In the days since the ESPN story came to light, the Patriots released a joint statement from Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Robert Kraft denying any suggestion of a rift among the trio. Belichick also confirmed that he intends to return to the Patriots, despite reports to the contrary.

“I think it’s up to everybody to believe what they want to believe,” Brady said.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has responded to reports about the genesis of the team’s trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

It was reported last week that Belichick was handed a mandate from owner Robert Kraft to trade Garoppolo in an effort to alleviate any concerns star quarterback Tom Brady may have about his future with the team.

“Yeah, we’ve never done that,” Belichick said Monday on WEEI radio. “We talked about things organizationally and make organizational decisions.”

Belichick denied that portion of the report and reiterated that he, Brady, and Kraft remain unified.

“I was informed of some of the things that were in the article. Based on some quotes and some things that were pointed out, yeah. I feel they were inaccurate and I am 100 percent with Robert and Tom in that statement. One hundred percent,” Belichick said.