The most iconic play of Super Bowl LII almost didn’t happen.
With 38 seconds remaining in the second half, the Philadelphia Eagles offense tried tp set up a yard and a half shy of the New England Patriots’ end zone. But with just six seconds on the play clock, head coach Doug Pederson opted to burn his first timeout.
With extra time to consider their fourth-and-goal play, quarterback Nick Foles convinced the head coach to pull out the now-famous trick play called “Philly Special.”
— Inside the NFL (@insidetheNFL) February 6, 2018
Philly Special didn’t win the game, but the play set the tone for the rest of the Super Bowl, with Philly taking, and succeeding on, every worthy risk possible en route to a 41-33 victory.
The play’s already been memorialized on (at least) one Eagles fan’s skin.
Meet Dan…the Eagles fan who got “The Philly Special” play as a tattoo!!
— Alex Holley (@AlexHolleyFOX29) February 6, 2018
“Our coach has got some guts, huh?” said tight end Trey Burton, who tossed the touchdown pass to Foles after receiving an end around from Corey Clement. “Got some big ones.”
One can say the same for Foles.