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MINNEAPOLIS — In the first two quarters of Super Bowl LII — which is played in a domed stadium, away from the frigid wintry elements swirling outside — place kickers from both the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots combined to miss three kicks.

The result was an unexpected first half score – that likely throws Super Bowl square pools and office bets out of whack — 22-12, in favor of the Eagles.

The first miss was an extra point attempt by Eagles kicker Jake Elliott after receiver Alshon Jeffery’s 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Elliott’s attempt was pushed wide right and gave Philly a 9-3 lead.

Perhaps due to the miss, when the Eagles next scored a touchdown, a 21-yard rush by running back LeGarrette Blount in the second quarter, coach Doug Pederson dialed up a two-point conversion. It was a throw to Jeffery near the left front pylon that failed.

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It wasn’t much better for Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots.

Early in the second quarter, Gostkowski lined up for a 26-yard field goal attempt that clunked into the left upright, though it wasn’t all on him. Long snapper Joe Cardona flung the snap that appeared to trail too close to holder Ryan Allen. He bobbled it, throwing off Gostkowski’s rhythm, and led to the inaccurate attempt.

Later in the second quarter, after a 26-yard touchdown rush by running back James White, Gostkowski’s extra point try sailed wide left.

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