Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Eagles Ran Fake Run Through To Throw Off Patriots From Spying

Eagles Ran Fake Run Through To Throw Off Patriots From Spying

A couple days before the Super Bowl, Steve Spagnuolo, who was on staff when the Patriots beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, told a Philadelphia radio station that New England knew Philadelphia's defensive signals.

Doug Pederson was prepared for everything, and he is a Super Bowl champion because of it.

Hall of Fame left tackle Orlando Pace, whose 2001 St. Louis Rams fell in Super Bowl XLII to the Patriots, recently admitted that he wonders if New England's flawless game plan against his squad was the result of spying. After the game, numerous callers into local Philadelphia radio shows argued that the Eagles beat the Patriots despite they're spying, citing how the two teams ran almost identical trick plays as evidence.

"I believe our whole walkthrough was just a complete fake walkthrough", Lovato said, via Pro Football Talk.

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After not being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft, Lovato made brief stints with the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, and Washington Redskins before he came to the Eagles during the 2016 season when the team's longtime long-snapper Jon Dorenbos broke his wrist. "We did it at the stadium", claims Lovato. There were certain people walking around. Whatever the answer, the Eagles ended up winning the game 41-33.

The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history thanks in part to a perfectly executed trick play the team dubbed the "Philly Special".

"We had run that play during a walkthrough like two weeks ago", Lovato said before being asked if that was due to fear New England was watching.

But why not take advantage of the opportunity to practice the actual plays in the stadium where the game was going to be played, one day beforehand? It was worked on two weeks prior, and not brought to Minnesota just in case "someone" would be watching.

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