The Super Bowl 52 was a big deal back in February, and the Philadelphia Eagles used one of the Patriots’ play to defeat the Atlanta Falcons.
“Philly Philly” was quite a hit back then, and the New England Patriots used it on the Eagles. Doug Pederson and Lane Johnson confirmed the use of the play, and they praise Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for adding it to his playbook.
“It was the same play the Patriots used. The one that Tom dropped,” Johnson said.
In the second quarter of the game, Tom Brady dropped a pass attempt from wide receiver Danny Amendola. Before the drop, the quarterback had two career catches on two targets. We saw one of them in the game against the Eagles in 2015 and Brady actually completed the catch from the wide receiver.
Pederson watched old Eagles tape and the Super Bowl playbook when he noticed the play. Yes, he put it in the team’s game plan against the Atlanta Falcons.
Nick Foles was able to catch 15-yard pass on 3rd-and-5 from nelson Agholor to extend the team’s drive while the Eagles are leading 6-3 with 6:45 left in the third quarter oft he game. Philadelphia scored on the drive after Jay Ajayi managed to score on a one-yard touchdown run to give the team a 10-6 lead over the Falcons with 4:36 to play in the third quarter.
The Eagles won the matchup 8-12 to go to 1-0 on the season. Agholor marked a 118.8 passer rating, and it was higher than Foles’ 50.2. Foles marked one catch for 15 yards which is more receiving yards than DeAndre Carter, Dallas Goedert and Mike Wallace.
“This game felt just like January. We kind of got off to a sluggish start, had some turnovers. Toward the end of the game, I thought we started running the ball effectively. It wasn’t pretty, but at the end we got a win,” Johnson said.
That was a nice trick.