Anyone who thought the Eagles’ trick plays were reserved for Super Bowls only was proven dead wrong on Thursday night.
The Eagles, with crafty head coach Doug Pederson, ran a similar rendition to the “Philly Special” in the regular-season game that followed Super Bowl LII, against the Falcons on Thursday night.
The Eagles trailed 6-3 at the time, and were in need of a spark. That’s exactly what they got. On a third-and-five scenario, an Eagles running back received a direct snap, then flipped the ball to wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who floated a pass for quarterback Nick Foles — who hauled it in to move the chains.
That first down led to the first touchdown in the game, and the Eagles took a 10-6 lead.