I'll be back' vows downcast Tom Brady after New England Patriots loss

MVP Nick Foles had only come into the Eagles' starting line-up in December
Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after fumbling against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota..
By AFP
Mon 05 Feb 2018 10:21 AM

Tom Brady said he had no plans to retire after the New England Patriots crashed to a shattering Super Bowl defeat against the Philadelphia Eagles here Sunday.

Brady, 40, could not hide his disappointment after a dramatic 41-33 loss that ended his bid to become the first man to win six Super Bowls.

The Patriots star was also involved in the pivotal moment of a thrilling game, when he fumbled after a strip sack as he attempted to mount a game-winning drive.

Brady, who has previously spoken of his desire to play until his mid-40s, said the defeat would not alter his plans.

"I expect to be back," Brady told reporters. "It's 15 minutes after the game ended, so I would like to process this. I don't see why I wouldn't be back."

Pressed further about whether he would play next year, he added: "I certainly hope so."

It is the third time Brady has tasted defeat in the NFL's showpiece occasion, following losses to the New York Giants in 2008 and 2012.

"It's tough to lose these games," he said. "You play to win and sometimes you lose. Wish we could have done a better job."

Brady blamed a failure to get more points on the board in the first half for the defeat.

"First half, we had a lot of yards but just didn't have a lot of points," he said. "That came back to bite us in the end."

Brady said he had been attempting to pass when he was robbed of the ball late in the fourth quarter, effectively ending the Patriots challenge.

"I was just holding the ball trying to get it downfield," Brady said. "Those guys had a good rush and got in there and made a good play at the right time."

A magnificent performance from the Eagles' back-up quarterback Nick Foles - who threw three touchdowns and nearly 400 yards - had helped Philadelphia into a 38-33 lead with just over two minutes left in a high-scoring game at Minneapolis's US Bank Stadium.

Foles, who had only come into the Eagles' starting line-up in December after a season-ending injury to star quarterback Carson Wentz, was named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player after the game - but unusually could find himself without a job next season if he remains at the Eagles as a back-up.

Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his teams 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Getty Images)

The 29-year-old Texan's composure proved crucial as the Eagles stunned Tom Brady and the Patriots to seal a 41-33 win at the US Bank Stadium.

"I'm speechless," said Foles, a back-up who was thrust into the starting position when Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending injury in December.

"To be a part of this organisation, to be in this moment is something you dream about as a kid. To be right here with the confetti flying with the greatest group of men.

"We have been wanting this for a long time, and I am just blessed to have be a part of it. We have such a great city to play for and I am proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle."

Foles said he had been relaxed about the prospect of facing Patriots star Brady, who was chasing a record sixth Super Bowl.

Foles had only just turned 13 when Brady was winning his first Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2002.

"I felt calm," said Foles. "We have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff. We felt confident coming in and we just went out there and played football.

"We've played this game since we were little kids. We dreamed about this moment. There's plenty of kids watching this game right now dreaming about this moment."

Foles faces an uncertain future. If he remains with the Eagles next season, he will likely revert to being a back-up.

Alternatively, he may now seek a move.

Team-mates however lavished praise on their devoutly religious team-mate who hopes to become a pastor after his NFL career.

"He's amazing," said tight end Zach Ertz. "The past three weeks, he's been playing out of his mind. People panicked when Carson went down.

"Nick, we had all the confidence in the world in him. He's a fantastic human, fantastic player."

Defensive end Brandon Graham, who forced the decisive fumble in the fourth quarter, said the Eagles offense had carried the team.

"I will say that our offense carried us today," Graham said. "But no matter how ugly it was, we came out with the win.

"I'm thankful for the offense. Nick Foles was hot and he deserved everything that came to him."

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