The Philadelphia Eagles' flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy after the most prolific play-off game in terms of combined yardage in NFL history was decided on a defensive play.
In a record-setting shootout between Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and Tom Brady, the back-up quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Etrz with 2:21min to go.
Then a defence that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win the game 41-33.
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Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered, setting up rookie Jake Elliot's 46-yard field goal for the eight-point margin.
"Just kept going, you know? We said we needed a play," Graham told NBC of his play.
"If we got one more opportunity, we were going to give everything we got - and I just so happened to get there."
Then Brady got his team to midfield before his Hail Mary pass fell to the ground in the end zone.
There were 1,151 yards of total offence, breaking the previous record of 929 when Washington beat Denver 42-10 in 1988.
It was the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia, which improved from 7-9 last season to their first NFL crown since 1960.
Foles - who became the first quarterback to catch a touchdown pass in Super Bowl history - orchestrated it with the kind of drive NFL MVP Brady, a five-time champion, is known for.
It covered 75 yards on 14 plays, and had to survive a video replay because Ertz had the ball pop into the air as he crossed the goal line.
The touchdown stood - and so did thousands of green-clad Eagles fans who weren't going to mind the frigid conditions outside US Bank Stadium once they headed out to celebrate.
The Patriots seemed ready to take their sixth championship with Brady and coach Bill Belichick in eight Super Bowls.
"Just wasn't quite enough against a team like the Eagles," Belichick said.
Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards and three TDs, hitting Rob Gronkowski for four yards.
Stephen Gostkowski's extra point gave New England their first lead, 33-32.
Then Foles made them forget Carson Wentz - and least for now - with the gutsiest drive of his life to cap off a performance of his life, 28 of 43 for 337 yards with three touchdown passes and one interception.