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Gadget Play Works To Perfection For TD

Posted Feb 4, 2018

Gamblin’ Doug? You betcha. Head coach Doug Pederson didn’t shrink his, um, ambition on the big stage at Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.

In fact, Pederson called a gadget play for the ages to score a late-first half touchdown on Sunday night.

A play the Eagles have worked on for weeks worked to perfect. On fourth down and goal from just inside the New England 2-yard line, Pederson dialed up a winner. Quarterback Nick Foles started in the shotgun and then moved in motion, lining up in the slot over right tackle Lane Johnson’s shoulder. Running back Corey Clement lined up and took the direct snap and flipped the ball to tight end Trey Burton, coming left to right in the formation.

Burton, a quarterback at the University of Florida, caught the flip, took a couple of steps to his right and floated a perfect pass to Foles, who leaked out to the right corner of the end zone, all alone.

Foles turned and easily made the catch for a touchdown. Placekicker Jake Elliott converted the PAT and the Eagles led 22-12. With the catch, Foles became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to both throw and catch a touchdown pass.

It was a huge offensive first half for both teams, as the Patriots rang up 350 total net yards and the Eagles had 323 total net yards. But the Eagles held a 10-point lead because they converted 5 of 8 third downs, scored one touchdown on two red-zone opportunities and because, at the end of the half, Doug Pederson took another gamble, calculated or not, and his players executed an all-time gadget play for a touchdown.

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