MINNEAPOLIS — It was nearly a storybook finish for Patriots receiver Chris Hogan, who had one of the best games of his career in Super Bowl LII.
Hogan had six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Patriots from losing a 41-33 heartbreaker to the Eagles.
“We practice those situations all the time and we are confident in those situations, and we just came up short,” said Hogan, who grew up in Ramapo, New Jersey, and now makes his home in Huntington. “We just came up short.”
Hogan caught a 26-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to draw the Patriots within 29-26.
“It was a look that we saw during practice the last two weeks,” he said. “Knew I had a chance. I just had to run a good route and Tom [Brady] threw a good ball.”
Hogan said the Patriots were determined to continue being aggressive in the second half.
“We were able to finish those drives, and that was big for us,” he said. “You know, we had a couple of drives that we didn’t finish in the first half.”
The Patriots had a chance to go ahead late in the game, but Brady was sacked and lost a fumble, setting up a 46-yard field goal by Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott that made it 41-33. The Patriots’ hopes ended at the buzzer, as Brady’s Hail Mary fell incomplete.
“It’s tough, but we had a chance at the end of the game for one last try,” Hogan said. “Just really proud of all the guys for fighting. We fought for the entire 60 minutes.”