Eagles run 'Philly Philly' again in first game of the NFL season after a similar dramatic trick play helped them win the Super Bowl

Brett Carlsen/Getty ImagesNick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles kept their trickery going in the first game of the 2018 NFL season.
  • In Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a brilliant trick play called the “Philly Special” that would immediately go down in Philadelphia sports history.
  • With the Eagles offence struggling in the first game of the 2018 season, head coach Doug Pederson called on a strikingly similar play again on a crucial third down.
  • The play worked, earning the Eagles a first down and leading to the first touchdown of the game.

The Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots 41-33.

While there were many unbelievable moments that made up that game in February, likely the most stunning moment came in the form of the Eagles’ gutsy call of the “Philly Special.”

The trick play called for backup quarterback Nick Foles to motion out from under center and, after a bit of trickery, catch a pass. At the Super Bowl, the Eagles pulled this play off on fourth down at the goal line to score a touchdown just seconds before the first half expired.

It succeeded, and after the Eagles went on to seal their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, was embedded in the spirit of the franchise for the rest of time.

Hosting the Atlanta Falcons to open the first game of the 2018 NFL season, the Eagles decided to run it back.

Facing a third down in the second half, and with the Eagles’ offence sputtering to just three points in the game, Foles and head coach Doug Pederson called on “Philly Philly” – a slight variation on the “Philly Special” that the Patriots actually ran against the Eagles in Super Bowl LII that ended with quarterback Tom Brady dropping the pass.

While the play hadn’t worked for New England last year, Philadelphia pulled it off, providing a huge spark for an offence in desperate need of one.

The play helped to extend a drive that would end in the first touchdown of the game, giving the Eagles a 10-6 lead.

After the game, Foles revealed that he and Pederson had both been thinking of calling the play in that moment.

“I went over there and talked to him and said, ‘This might be a good time.’ He pointed to the call sheet, and I was like, ‘That’s what I was coming over here for,'” Foles said. “So yeah, it worked again.”

The Eagles would go on to win the game 18-12, stopping the Falcons on one final red zone push as time expired in a sequence that brought back memories of the Eagles playoff win over Atlanta last year.

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