Pederson revels in success of 'Philly Special' trick play
A delighted Doug Pederson hailed the success of the 'Philly Special' after an audacious trick-play call reaped rewards and helped the Philadelphia Eagles secure glory in Super Bowl LII.
Back-up quarterback Nick Foles, again deputising for the injured Carson Wentz, completed a fairytale post-season by claiming MVP honours as the Eagles downed the New England Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis.
Foles threw for 373 yards and three passing touchdowns on Sunday, but also claimed a receiving score towards the end of the second quarter as he caught a pass from Trey Burton in a perfectly executed play.
"That play [is something] we've been working on for the last couple of weeks," revealed Eagles head coach Pederson in his post-game news conference. "Probably the last three weeks, maybe. Since the post-season started.
"We just needed the right time, right opportunity, and the guys executed it brilliantly."
Drawing laughter from the assembled reporters, a smiling Pederson added: "You really want to know what we call it? Philly Special. Philly Special."
Pederson was understandably full of praise for Foles, with the Eagles having been written off by many following Wentz's season-ending ACL injury in December.
"I'm so happy for Nick," he added. "A lot of people counted him out and didn't think he could get it done. I believed in him, the staff believed in him, the players believed in him.
"We just needed time, we needed time together to work out some things, and this whole post-season Nick has shown exactly who he is and what he can do and what he is capable of doing.
"He's well deserved of the [MVP] honour, but I know that he would give credit where credit is due, and he had a lot of playmakers tonight make plays for him on both sides of the ball."