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Monte Vista grad Ertz scores Super Bowl-winning touchdown for Eagles

Philadelphia beats New England 41-33 to capture first Super Bowl title

Monte Vista High School alum Zach Ertz has forever etched himself in Philadelphia sports history, catching the game-deciding touchdown late in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles win their first-ever Super Bowl championship Sunday night.

Ertz, a fifth-year tight end for the Eagles, finished Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis with seven catches for 67 yards and one touchdown in Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory over the defending champion New England Patriots.

But it was his 11-yard reception with 2:21 left in the game that will be most remembered.

Ertz caught quarterback Nick Foles’ pass near the five-yard line, took a couple strides and successfully lunged into the end zone to recapture the lead for the Eagles, 38-33. The play was confirmed as a touchdown after a lengthy review by game officials.

Ertz also had a key reception earlier in the series, a 2-yard catch on fourth down to keep Philadelphia’s drive going.

The Eagles added a field goal one minute and 16 seconds after Ertz’s touchdown for a 41-33 lead, a margin that became final when the Patriots’ hail mary pass attempt fell incomplete as time expired.

Ertz, 27, was a two-sport star for the Monte Vista Mustangs before graduating in 2009. He played collegiately for Stanford and was drafted by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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