America's most-watched sporting event, the Super Bowl, has just finished and this year's edition has special relevance with Ngāpuhi descendant, Hala Vaitai, in the line-up.

Vaitai and his teammates from the Philadelphia Eagles were in pursuit of a maiden Super Bowl title.

But they faced a colossal opponent, the New England Patriots who have won the coveted title five times with superstar quarterback Tom Brady at the helm.

The final score was 33 – 41 to the Eagles.