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.
“It was the same play the Patriots used. The one that Tom dropped.” — Lane Johnson to WIP on the Philly Special 2.0 #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 7, 2018
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.
The Patriots' play from the Super Bowl vs. the Eagles' play tonight pic.twitter.com/dhJKUpBlDs— Sean Wagner-McGough (@seanjwagner) September 7, 2018
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).
Yep, THAT play was called "Philly,Philly"— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 7, 2018
Doug talks about it here.
Join us right now for Eagles Postgame Live on NBC Sports Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/pjBhB3wMZJ
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.