Philly Special 2.0

Lane Johnson: Nick Foles caught the pass Tom Brady didn't

Lane Johnson: Nick Foles caught the pass Tom Brady didn't

The Philly Special … again!

Not so fast.

For Eagles fans, this clarification might be even better.

During Thursday night's 2018 season opener, when Nick Foles reeled in a pass almost identical to the iconic play from the 41-33 Super Bowl LII victory, just about everyone dubbed it Philly Special 2.0 (see story).

But Lane Johnson made sure to specify it was different.

That would be Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots. If you recall, he dropped a pass in Super Bowl LII.

Foles did not. And he did not Thursday night, either.

Johnson was spot-on.

Doug Pederson, the amazingly crazed play-caller behind this madness, divulged the play's name postgame following the 18-12 win over the Falcons (see 10 observations).

While "Philly Philly" and "Philly Special" are awfully similar, there is a difference.

On Thursday night, Foles took the snap, whereas in Super Bowl LII, there was a bit more trickery as running back Corey Clement took the snap while Foles acted like he was calling an audible by stepping up to the line of scrimmage.

So, the Eagles are 1-0 in 2018 and Foles is 2 for 2 on his catching attempts.

Someone send Brady the film.

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Doug Pederson calls Philly Special 2.0 ... really

Doug Pederson calls Philly Special 2.0 ... really

Are you kidding me? 

The Eagles' offense found itself in a funk, so Doug Pederson dusted off the ol' go-to. He basically just ran the damn Philly Special again. 


On 3rd-and-5 from the Atlanta 41-yard line in the third quarter Thursday night, Pederson dialed up a play that looked an awful lot like the Philly Special from the Super Bowl.

Let's call it Philly Special 2.0. 

This time, Foles took the snap in shotgun, handed off to Corey Clement, who flipped the ball to Nelson Agholor, who threw the ball to ... Foles! 

Talk about big ... guts ... from Pederson. 

Even the original Philly Special passer approved. 

As you can see, the Eagles' offense wasn't really cooking before that. 

A few plays later, Jay Ajayi punched in a 1-yard touchdown to give the Eagles their first lead of the game at 10-6. 

Is it too late to get another statue? 

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