Why Eagles’ Trick Play Should Have Looked Very Familiar To Patriots

Fans of both teams may have recognized the Philadelphia Eagles’ gutsy fourth-down trick play in Super Bowl LII.

The trickeration, which ended with quarterback Nick Foles catching a 1-yard touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton (that possibly shouldn’t have counted), came from a new page in the Eagles’ playbook. But we’ve seen the Patriots run it before.

Two years ago, the Patriots called almost the same exact play, resulting in a 36-yard reception for quarterback Tom Brady. Coincidentally, that play came against the Eagles.

There are a few slight differences, but the play is otherwise identical, all the way down to Brady moving down the line of scrimmage and the play starting with a direct snap to the running back. It also goes without saying the Patriots could have used that sort of throw and catch from Brady on Sunday night, as New England unsuccessfully attempted its own trick play in the second quarter.

Philadelphia, of course, held on to win the Super Bowl 41-33, and Foles was named MVP for his efforts — touchdown catch included.

H/t Twitter/@CoachDubMaddox

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