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Things were looking grim for the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles’ offense.
That is, until the team called the razzle-dazzle play it made famous in the Super Bowl LII win over the New England Patriots.
Down 6-3 midway through the third quarter of the NFL season opener against the visiting Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles ran a familiar play to turn the tide: The “Philly Special.”
Facing a third-and-5 at the Falcons’ 41-yard line, quarterback Nick Foles handed the ball off to running back Corey Clement, who pitched it to receiver Nelson Agholor on the reverse. While on the run, Agholor lobbed a pass to Foles, who caught the ball for a 15-yard gain.
The play set up the first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard scoring run by Jay Ajayi, giving the Eagles a 10-6 lead in what has been a defensive struggle.
Of course, the Eagles first unveiled the Philly Special in their historic Super Bowl win.
With seven months in between that moment and the season opener, the Philly Special has been the topic of much discussion (NFL Films called it “the boldest trick play in NFL history“). A statue of the sideline discussion between Foles and Eagles coach Doug Pederson before the Philly Special play was unveiled at Lincoln Financial Field.
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