MINNEAPOLIS — Trick plays involving each quarterback became the story line in the first half Sunday night, and history was made by Nick Foles in the Eagles’ 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Foles, the Eagles’ backup quarterback for most of the season before starter Carson Wentz was injured, became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to catch a touchdown pass.
Of the two trick plays involving the quarterbacks, Foles converted his play and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not.
Ahead 15-12, the Eagles faced a fourth-and-goal from the Patriots’ 1 with 38 seconds left. Foles lined up behind the right tackle with running back Corey Clement in the pistol.
After the snap, Foles waited for a few seconds, then headed toward the end zone as Clement gave the ball to tight end Trey Burton. Foles was wide open as Burton floated a pass to him. Foles’ first career TD catch gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead.
“Part of having a great offensive staff is every week we look at different plays from around the league and the college ranks and things over the years that might fit what we do,” coach Doug Pederson said. “And we found this one that fit and we’ve been working on it the last couple of weeks, and tonight was the night.”
Pederson said the play is called “Philly Special.” Said Foles, “That’s something we’ve been working on, and Doug and I were talking and said, ‘Let’s just run it.’ It was a good time. The end was a little wider than I thought, so I really need to sell it like I’m not doing anything, and Trey made an amazing throw.”
Brady, on the other hand, had a potential first-down pass go off his fingertips. Faced with a third-and-5 from the Eagles’ 35, he took the snap and handed off to running back James White, who handed off to wide receiver Danny Amendola. Brady ran down the right sideline alone but failed to catch Amendola’s pass.
Brady threw for 505 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Foles passed for 373 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. “No matter what happened, we kept sticking together,” Foles said. “Keep leaning on each other. We have an amazing coaching staff, an amazing personnel staff, and being in this moment is unbelievable.”