Sometimes you just have to let it all hang out in the Super Bowl.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson evidently is well aware of this notion.
With under a minute left in the first half of the Eagles’ matchup with the New England Patriots, Pederson dialed up arguably the wildest trick play in Super Bowl history. On a 4th-and-goal, Nick Foles went from taking the shotgun snap to catching a touchdown pass to put the Eagles up by two scores.
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New England’s defense clearly was stunned by the play, but the Patriots themselves tried strikingly similar trickeration earlier in the second quarter, which ended up being all for naught after a Tom Brady drop.
One thing is clear: neither head coach is afraid of diving deep into the playbook on football’s biggest stage.
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