Eagles Win Super Bowl With Gutsy Playcalling

The "Philly Special" was designed specifically for Nick Foles.

Super Bowl LII
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles celebrates after winning Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The “Philly Special” will live forever in Philadelphia Eagles history. The trick play was designed by head coach Doug Pederson specifically for Nick Foles, the Eagles backup quarterback turned Super Bowl champ, to catch a pass in the end zone.

Just 38 seconds remained in the first half of the Super Bowl, and the Eagles faced fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The play calls for Foles to move up to the line of scrimmage and “basically act as if he’s checking his phone,” ESPN‘s Dan Graziano writes. It calls for a direct snap to running back Corey Clement, a pitch to tight end Trey Burton and a pass from Burton to Foles.

The “Philly Special” worked and helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in 41-33 shootout with Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.

“I trust my players, I trust my coaches and I trust my instincts,” Pederson told ESPN. “I trust everything I’m doing, and I want to maintain that aggressiveness. In games like this, against a great opponent, you have to make those tough decisions that way and keep yourself aggressive.”

Watch Pederson and Foles discuss the play below.


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