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Posted: February 05, 2018

Bold TD pass to Nick Foles before halftime stunned Patriots

WATCH: Eagles Beat Patriots in Super Bowl LII

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

MINNEAPOLIS —

One reason the Eagles won Super Bowl LII was the innovative play-calling by coach Doug Pederson. And the Philly Special play he called just before halftime halftime had Twitter buzzing. 

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The Eagles led 15-12 against the New England Patriots late in the second quarter when Philadelphia faced a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Eagles executed a reverse throwback from tight end Trey Burton to a wide-open quarterback Nick Foles, catching the Patriots flat-footed and giving Philadelphia a 22-12 halftime lead.

It was a “take that” moment for the Eagles, as they answered a similar play call by the Patriots earlier in the second quarter. On that gadget play, New England quarterback Tom Brady was unable to hang on to a pass from Danny Amendola.

“That was something we’d been working on,” said Foles, who was voted the game’s MVP after the Eagles’ stunning 41-33 victory. “Doug and I were talking, and I was like ‘Let’s just run it. And it was a good time.

“And the end was a little wider than I thought, so I really needed to sell like I’m not doing anything,” Foles said during the postgame news conference. “And it worked: Burton made an amazing throw right on the money. I just looked it in.”

Foles became the first player in NFL history to throw and catch a touchdown pass in the same Super Bowl game, NJ.com reported.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Foles' touchdown reception:


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Bold TD pass to Nick Foles before halftime stunned Patriots

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Bold TD pass to Nick Foles before halftime stunned Patriots

Nick Foles hauls in a 1-yard touchdown pass against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII.

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