Jason Whitlock: Super Bowl LII looked like ‘a well-played Pro Bowl’

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Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock, Eric Mangini and Tony Gonzalez discuss where Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots ranked all-time.

- Cowherd, did that offensive explosion make last night the best Super Bowl ever?

- No, I don't think I'm going to be sitting with my kids in 25 years saying, remember that Nick Foles Super Bowl? That was the greatest ever. I thought it was sloppy. I think there was a little--


- Like, I thought New England special teams were a mess. I thought there were mental errors. 12 men on the field. Nelson Agholor runs out of bounds. Listen, I've seen eight New England Super Bowls. They've all ended like this. The David Tyree catch to me was better. Listen, I thought last year's game-- the Edelman catch-- is one of the most absurd things I've ever seen.

I'll tell you this-- the Seattle game, which to me, was the best game ever-- the Russell Wilson completion down the sideline, then they don't run it. That, to me, is the best Super Bowl I've ever seen but. I've also seen Terry Bradshaw, our teammate here, in two or three all-time Super Bowls.

- Look, I think that was the modern version of football. That's what they've been building for. All the rule changes that they've made over the last 20 years were to create that Super Bowl. It looked like a well-played Pro Bowl. Offenses just going up and down the field.

To me, I do think for what they're trying to do, this was the ideal Super Bowl. For me, I like to see defense played. I like to see big momentum changes because of turnovers. Because you've changed field position, and you forced people to punt. And so for me, I enjoyed it. It was entertaining. But the best ever always includes a great defensive performance matched against a great offensive performance. And we just had to tremendous offenses just going up and down the field. And I'm sure those that play Madden and my mother and people like that loved the hell out of that game.

- Yeah, we're not even talking about a great defensive force. We would've liked to seen some defensive force. And it's a situation where you have one punt in the game. And it's a little bit like arena football-- just going back and forth. In terms of great Super Bowls, I though the Seattle-New England Super Bowl where it ends on the goal line-- but remember the Tennessee-St. Louis Super Bowl where it ends up-- what was it, a yard short? Or a little less than a yard short on the last play.

I did like the fact that Philadelphia overcame what they overcame. I like the storyline with Nick Foles. I like those types of stories. And then that, to me, is what made it a little bit special.

- I do think we're going to be talking about Nick Foles 20 years from now, though.

- You mean Nicky Foles. All right, Nicky Foles! Statues everywhere in Philly. I enjoyed it. I would say this-- I don't know if it's the best game. It's the most exciting game to me for all the reasons that you guys said. And also, the stories. You bring up a good point. The Nicky Foles thing-- honestly-- come on.

ERIC MANGINI: It's got a "Rocky" feel to it.


- It's unbelievable to me. And that's what makes it so enjoyable to see. Against all odds, against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. And you got this backup quarterback, who was considering leaving the league-- I mean, this is drama. This is Steven Spielberg. This is Oscar winning performance. I don't know who's going-- Mark Wahlberg is probably going to play him. It's going to be a great story, just from that standpoint.

And then obviously, going up and down the field-- I like points. I know there was no punting, but that's what I like to see. The catch-- they got the catch calls. I'm sure we're going to talk about that in a little bit. I enjoyed every aspect of this game.

- There were fascinating decisions made in this game, too--

COLIN COWHERD: No question

- --that added-- that's what kind of offset the lack of defense just in terms of what Doug Pederson did right before halftime. And I know there was a lot of focus on that going forward in the trick play. But what he did on the final drive one fourth down-- when I think a lot of guys-- even with the Patriots offense and moving up and down-- may have punted or certainly wouldn't have thrown the ball there with Nick Foles.

I just thought there were just fascinating decisions all the way-- again, we got the whole mystery around Malcolm Butler and why he stood on the sideline. You know what, this is one of the most memorable Super Bowls, and so many different things happened.

- Most great games are imperfect. I mean, they really are. If you go to Alabama-- the Alabama-Georgia game. Alabama had a player go after a coach. They had a player collapse. They butchered a kick.

JASON WHITLOCK: Backup quarterback comes in.

- Yeah, I mean literally, that's the drama. I mean like this drama-- we have a controversial call. We have a Hail Mary. We have Nelson Agholor runs out of bounds. Bill Belichick didn't go for it in a fourth. Doug Pederson in his own territory did go for it on a fourth down.

I always think great games have good arguments at a bar an hour after, and this definitely-- it is a great Super Bowl. I just think the Seattle-- that Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, Malcolm Butler play to me is one of the plays of my life.

- I agree, but it's one play. There's several things that happened here that I'll never forget.

- Well, in Tom Brady's first Super Bowl-- I mean, his story was pretty unique, coming as a sixth round draft pick, getting to play after Drew Bledsoe gets hurt. We get into the playoffs. We have that final drive, we're 14 point underdogs. And there were a lot of subplots to that as well. I'd argue that could be in there.