Nick Foles’ touchdown catch came on play called “Philly Special”

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Sunday night is a very special one for Philadelphia and a play called “Philly Special” played a big part in making it happen.

On fourth-and-one from the Patriots’ 1-yard-line with 38 seconds to play in the first half, Eagles coach Doug Pederson called a play that called for running back Corey Clement to flip the ball to tight end Trey Burton in the backfield after taking a direct snap from center. Burton then feathered a pass to quarterback Nick Foles, who caught the pass to put the Eagles up 22-12 heading into halftime.

Burton, who was a high school quarterback and threw 17 passes while at the University of Florida, said after the game that the play has been in the playbook throughout the playoffs. The Eagles practice it a few times each week and pulled it out in a big spot tonight.

“Coach has some guts. Big ones. It shows the confidence he has in the team,” Burton said. 

Foles said it was an “amazing throw” by Burton that he just had to look into his grasp. It made Foles the first player to catch and throw a touchdown in the same Super Bowl game and will go down in Eagles lore as one of the shining moments of their first championship. 

72 responses to “Nick Foles’ touchdown catch came on play called “Philly Special”

  1. Detroit trying to get out of the contract with Matty P already. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  2. It was an especially gutsy playcall, considering the Patriots ran something like that earlier and Tom Brady didn’t make the catch.

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    The sad part about all this is Nick Foles has to be traded

    Not until #11 proves he’s healthy. But ultimately, he will be

    If he can get you two 2’s and a 4….why the hell not?

  4. Where’s Tylawspick6 to tell me Trey Flowers is better than Leonard Williams? ( I am a Jets fan ) it’s not even close Williams > Flowers. Flowers has looked like an absolute bum since week 12 of the regular season GOODBYE.

  5. The Eagles took that play from the U. of Tennessee, who stole it from Rutgers, who stole it from Juniata College. Yo have to give Pederson credit for installing the play and using it at a crucial time in the Super Bowl.

  6. Good Luck benching this guy Philly…

    The same scenario played out in both New England and Seattle:

    In March 2001, Bledsoe was signed to a then-record ten-year, $103 million contract…lost his job because who would be stupid enough to change anything after run like that?

    On March 18, 2012, Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $20.5 million, with $9 million guaranteed…but lost his job because Seattle were smart enough to cut their loss at the first sign of something better!

    The Moral of the Story is if any organization is stupid enough to bench the QB who just won them a Superbowl…It’s Philly…Nick Foles was not some QB who was just along for the ride either, but one who made play after play and led his team to Victory, especially after being written off by everyone, including Vegas…who allegedly are never wrong!!!…Think long term, who will cost more in the long run? Carlson Wince will command top dollar and will Philly be the exception to the rule that you can’t over pay for QBs…even if they’re as good as Drew Brees…

    Would you really wanna go down in history as the one’s who benched their Superbowl Winning QB?

  7. People blame Matt Patricia for the Patriots performance tonight. Blame the man who buys the groceries! Belichick buys fruit hoops store brand type players, instead of fruit loops real deal guys on D. Tonight when a coach didn’t poop himself looking across the field at the hoody, he found the weaknesses and kept hitting them there

  8. Please tell me again how Philly doesn’t have a chance. Start with Atlanta fans, then Minnesota fans, and last, but not least, Pats fans. Just a reminder this is without 2 hall of famers, a MVP candidate, and their best lb. 3 of them will be back next year. They return at least 20 out of 22 starters. See you soon. Good luck.

  9. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:52 pm
    Good Luck benching this guy Philly…

    The same scenario played out in both New England and Seattle:

    In March 2001, Bledsoe was signed to a then-record ten-year, $103 million contract…lost his job because who would be stupid enough to change anything after run like that?

    On March 18, 2012, Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks worth $20.5 million, with $9 million guaranteed…but lost his job because Seattle were smart enough to cut their loss at the first sign of something better!

    The Moral of the Story is if any organization is stupid enough to bench the QB who just won them a Superbowl…It’s Philly…Nick Foles was not some QB who was just along for the ride either, but one who made play after play and led his team to Victory, especially after being written off by everyone, including Vegas…who allegedly are never wrong!!!…Think long term, who will cost more in the long run? Carlson Wince will command top dollar and will Philly be the exception to the rule that you can’t over pay for QBs…even if they’re as good as Drew Brees…

    Would you really wanna go down in history as the one’s who benched their Superbowl Winning QB?

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    Baltimore didn’t bring back Trent Dilfer after coming off the bench for that 2000 team.

  10. birdwatcher100 says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:55 pm
    Rumor has it that Jeff Lurie is going to put 538 diamonds on the ring. One for each yard they hung on the Pats.
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    Try again Knucklehead…Pats put 613 on your “defense”.

  11. Except the officials missed the clearly illegal formation, and it wasn’t even close. Play shouldn’t have counted. Five yard penalty assessed and the Eagles are kicking a chip shot. Four-point swing. Seven if he misses the chip shot which is entirely possible given he missed an extra point.

  12. birdwatcher100 says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:55 pm
    Rumor has it that Jeff Lurie is going to put 538 diamonds on the ring. One for each yard they hung on the Pats
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    I thought he was just a big fan of the electoral college or Nate Silver.

  13. The play of the game was McCleod (who I complained about all year) stopping a hurdling Cooks a yard short. Then Belichick not having the guts like Pederson did all game by deciding to kick n not go for it on 4th n 1. Leading to a bobbled snap n missed field goal. Which is usually the type of reward u get for playing scared. Eagles scored a td right after that and had a good cushion to play with the rest of the game.

    Eagles probably would been down 10-9 n chasing the Pats all game if Belichick didnt wuss out. Could have changed the entire game. Eagles playing from behind with a backup then from the lead. A huge difference in pressure.

  14. mikefloriosbabyd says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:56 pm
    People blame Matt Patricia for the Patriots performance tonight. Blame the man who buys the groceries! Belichick buys fruit hoops store brand type players, instead of fruit loops real deal guys on D. Tonight when a coach didn’t poop himself looking across the field at the hoody, he found the weaknesses and kept hitting them there

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    The defense let Nick Foles trash them. That’s on Matty P. Don’t blame BB because his system is the only reason anyone has ever even heard of Tom Brady.

  15. Mathew Keen says:
    February 5, 2018 at 5:43 am
    Could have changed the entire game.
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    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Should’ve paid the refs more.

  16. cadreamer1969 says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:54 pm
    Illegal formation shows who the refs and NFL wanted to win. What Cheaters!
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    Calm down Harbaugh.

  17. Except the officials missed the clearly illegal formation, and it wasn’t even close. Play shouldn’t have counted. Five yard penalty assessed and the Eagles are kicking a chip shot. Four-point swing. Seven if he misses the chip shot which is entirely possible given he missed an extra point.

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    WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    suck it up, buttercup!

  18. “…and will go down in Eagles lore as one of the shining moments of their first championship. ”
    Actually it’s the Eagles 4th championship – 1948, 1949, 1960, 2017.

  19. LOL If the pass was intercepted for a pick 6, then they will say the coach is the worst OC in the league. Remember Seattle’s pass that was intercepted by Malcolm Butler in the end zone? Same type of gutsy call. If it works, then you are a genius. If it doesn’t then you are a bum.

    BTW it is no surprise to me that Foles won the game and the MVP. I thought of him as an elite QB before a few coaches kind of overlooked his talent. The fans in Kansas City may be wondering why he wasn’t given the job as starter instead of Alex Smith. KC could have won a SB if they started Foles instead of Smith when they had him as backup.

    darr

  20. Except the officials missed the clearly illegal formation, and it wasn’t even close. Play shouldn’t have counted. Five yard penalty assessed and the Eagles are kicking a chip shot. Four-point swing. Seven if he misses the chip shot which is entirely possible given he missed an extra point.
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    Alshon Jeffrey was the wide out, checked with the side judge for line of scrimmage alignment, and got the nod from the official. Whenever you see the wide out check with the sidelines it is for that OK check before getting set. He wasnt perfect, but he was ok’d for the snap.

    Now, 1 penalty flag all game for the PATS ???? Let’s talk . . .

  21. The REASON FOLES CAUGHT HIS PASS AND BRADY DIDN’T, WAS BECAUSE FOLES TURNED AROUND AND FACED THE BALL, WHILE BRADY TRIED TO CATCH HIS PASS OVER HIS SHOULDER LIKE A WIDE RECEIVER AND COULD NOT DO THAT.

  22. PriorKnowledge says:
    February 5, 2018 at 8:23 am
    The REASON FOLES CAUGHT HIS PASS AND BRADY DIDN’T, WAS BECAUSE FOLES TURNED AROUND AND FACED THE BALL, WHILE BRADY TRIED TO CATCH HIS PASS OVER HIS SHOULDER LIKE A WIDE RECEIVER AND COULD NOT DO THAT.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No it’s because Foles is the SUPERBOWL MVP and Brady is just an also-ran.

  23. TheBisonCometh says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    February 4, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    The sad part about all this is Nick Foles has to be traded

    Not until #11 proves he’s healthy. But ultimately, he will be

    If he can get you two 2’s and a 4….why the hell not?
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    If Foles can get you that, then think about what trading #11 will get you, and keep the guy that actually won the Lombardi.

  24. mrexcite721 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 8:16 am
    Now, 1 penalty flag all game for the PATS ???? Let’s talk . . .
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    Even playing against the refs also, the better team still won.

  25. Nick stepped up and regained his form from his 27 TD 2 INT season. Just think if he had a different coach other than Jeff Fisher when he went to the Rams.

  26. vikesfansteve says:
    February 5, 2018 at 8:58 am
    Nick stepped up and regained his form from his 27 TD 2 INT season. Just think if he had a different coach other than Jeff Fisher when he went to the Rams.

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    I hope Jeff Fisher never coaches in the league again. It was a mystery as to how he stuck around as long as he did. He was a man with connections.

  27. hbk314 says:
    February 5, 2018 at 1:44 am
    Except the officials missed the clearly illegal formation, and it wasn’t even close. Play shouldn’t have counted. Five yard penalty assessed and the Eagles are kicking a chip shot. Four-point swing. Seven if he misses the chip shot which is entirely possible given he missed an extra point.
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    Please explain how it was illegal. Be specific. I know you can’t, because it wasn’t.

  28. what a great play call at a critical time in the game. Kudos to Coach Pederson

    Great win Philly fans…..enjoy it because your team earned it!

  29. Really good game by the Eagles and Foles. Their great defense was overmatched all night, but they were able to make a play to win the game. Football can be so arbitrary, if the ball bounced into the hands of a Patriot rather than to an Eagle, is there any doubt that New England would likely be celebrating their 6th title tonight? None in my mind, but credit to the Eagles – on a night where just one play on D by either team would turn the game, the Eagles got one and the Patriots did not.

  30. Alshon Jeffery, who was split wide right, checked with the ref not just once, but twice, to signal that he was on the line. Watch the replay. When Foles shifts into his “wing back” position Jeffery raises his hand a second time to signal he’s on the line. The signal to the ref is the usual “I’m on the line of scrimmage” wave. Jeffrey doesn’t look at the ref, but as has been stated, it’s a judgement call and the clear intent from Jeffrey was to be on the line. This is typical Pats tears.

  31. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    February 5, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Please explain how it was illegal. Be specific. I know you can’t, because it wasn’t.
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    The Eagles had five players 2+ yards off the line of scrimmage. Clearly illegal.

    Owned.

  32. Eagles fans can’t defend that it wasn’t an illegal formation. You can’t argue with the picture. Their defense is that the ref allowed it. Still illegal…just biased officiating.

    Funny how a fan base that whined about the refs being in the Pats favor leading up to this game are deathly silent about the fact that they got beneficial calls on 2, possibly 3 TDs.

    Stay classy Philly.

  33. atlantablewa28to3lead says:

    February 5, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Memo to Vikings fans: Trademark plays after you win a championship, not after winning a second round playoff game.

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    The Minneapolis Miracle is still a more memorable play. Even thou the Vikings didn’t win the Superbowl that play will be remembered for years vs the Philly Special won’t. The game will be better remember because it’s a Superbowl, but not that play. Kind of like the music city miracle from the 2000 NFL year. It didn’t lead to a Superbowl but is very well remembered. It was a play that has never happened in a situation it never happened in and the drama after it was greater.

    Some cute trick play in a safe situation isn’t the same thing regardless if it’s a Superbowl or not. That play was on a 4-1 with 30 seconds left. Worst case scenario, the Patriots get the ball at the 1 yard and probably don’t have enough time to score anyways.

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