The Patriots have brought home more than their share of wins for the ages, but Sunday night's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles wasn't one of them.
New England ran out of time in the 4th quarter, and a final Hail Mary pass from Quarterback Tom Brady failed to connect with the towering tight end, Rob Gronkowski, in the end zone.
And just like that, the game was over. And so was the season.
The final score: 41-33.
New England Head Coach Bill Belichick showed no emotion as he took off his headset and congratulated the Eagles' coaching staff on a job well done. It was a remarkable end to a remarkable season for Philly.
After losing their starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, all eyes were on backup QB Nick Foles. And he delivered, bringing the team to the championship game and winning the trophy. It was the first championship for the Eagles since 1960.
New England fans could only shake their heads and say it was a game well played. That 4th quarter magic, the magic which has clawed the team back into games and robbed opponents of well-deserved wins, just never materialized. Sure, there will be talk of the missed field goal and the two Eagles touchdowns that the referees declined to reverse, despite some questions. There was also the hit to the head sustained by Brandon Cooks, forcing him to leave the game early in the 2nd quarter.
But in the end, it was the Eagles offense that never let up, and the defense just kept on coming, forcing Tom Brady to fumble the football with a little less than two minutes to play. Philadelphia recovered the ball, and the seconds kept ticking down. New England never came up with the big play that might have turned the game around.
And so the Patriots will head home without their sixth Super Bowl trophy.
Maybe next year?