E A G LE S P U L L O F F A T R I C K P L A Y F O R T H E A G E S
With 38 seconds remaining in the first half of Super Bowl LII,
the Eagles led the Patriots 15-12. Philadelphia looked to extend
its lead, facing fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line. The Eagles
could have taken the field goal and gone into halftime with a
But that was not the Eagles’ mantra all season long.
“I was very sure we should go for it and not kick the field goal.
You don’t give away four points by getting three here. We’ve got
to play this way. We had all season, and against a good team with
a great offense with (Tom) Brady, it was even more important,”
“It’s also an attitudinal thing. We’re here to win it. This is not going
to be conservative. I was very sure we were going to go for it, but
what is the play?”
Quarterback Nick Foles runs over to the sideline during a timeout
and suggests to head coach Doug Pederson the play that would
define both of their legacies.
“You want Philly Philly?” he asked.
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The idea came from assistant quarterbacks coach Press Taylor who
saw the play run successfully by the Chicago Bears the previous
season. He brought it to Pederson as the Eagles were preparing
for the playoffs. They practiced it before the NFC title game against
Minnesota but the game was such a blowout, they didn’t feel the
need to use it. They practiced it again prior to the Super Bowl and
rolled it out at just the right moment.
Lurie knew it was in the Eagles’ playbook, but even he was caught
“Honestly, I didn’t think we were calling that play,” Lurie says.
“But then I’m just like, ‘Whoa, Nick’s out by the tackle. What are
we doing here? Is he just changing the play?’ I didn’t really think
about, ‘OK, this is going to be that play.’
“I was in awe of the execution. It was just beautifully executed
from the snap to Corey Clement and then Trey (Burton), cool as
a cucumber, throwing the ball to a wide-open Nick. It was run to
perfection. I give Doug a lot of credit for having the courage to
call that play. It was emblematic of our identity, bold and fearless.
“That’s a big credit to Doug.”
EAGLES BEST PLAY EVER