Ya, that’s right. Another Super Bowl article. Like I said on yesterday’s podcast, we are in the middle of the dead period around the NFL. The “grind” between mini-camps and OTA’s that drive NFL media and fans bonkers.
Doug Pederson may have turned the page from the Super Bowl win against the Patriots in February but while we have some time, let us take another trip down memory lane to February 4th in Minnesota.
Only this time with a look at some of the plays you may have forgotten about in the big game that was more important than one might think, and were over-shined by the likes of the Philly Special, Brandon Graham’s strip sack, Zach Ertz’s game-winning touchdown, and other famous moments from the Eagles first ever Lombardy Trophy.
Torrey Smith’s reenactment of the David Tyree’s helmet catch
It was only a third-down conversion early in the first quarter in a scoreless ball game but Patriots fans around the country had to be getting deja vu from seeing this right? Let us go back 10 years ago to when David Tyree made a similar catch to keep the Giants alive and eventually go on to end the Patriots perfect season.
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Smith’s catch wasn’t a super important one but the resemblance here is just so awesome. Best unintentional troll job in sports.
Nelson Agholor does his impression of Randall Cunningham
Another early play in the game that wasn’t extremely important. However like the Torrey Smith helmet catch, this reception by Agholor, taking a hit, spinning around and staying on his feet looks like something Randall Cunningham did back in the day.
Foles drops it in a bucket to Alshon along the sidelines
Foles made some pretty beautiful touch passes along the sidelines including this one to Alshon Jeffery. This ball couldn’t have been placed better. Over the heads of Stephon Gilmore and Patrick Chung, far enough away from Harmon to make sure Jeffery doesn’t get leveled while making the catch.
Rodney McLeod bodies Brandin Cooks
Brian Dawkins is that you? The Eagles defense was gashed by Brady throughout the game but repeatedly in the first half the defense tightened up in the red zone and forced New England to kick field goals.
Although Malcolm Jenkins knocking out Brandin Cooks is the go-to highlight for big hits in this game, Rodney McLeod body slamming Cooks before he exited the game was a gem.
Brandin Cooks did not have a great experience in his first Super Bowl.
Gostowski misses the extra point
Love this one. Mr. Perfect finally caved on the biggest stage. There might not be a more automatic kicker in the NFL than Gostowski but on this day…..this was our day.
Back shoulder perfection to Nelson Agholor
Agholor made some pretty important plays in the Super Bowl but this one is the most impressive. It might be a better throw from Foles than it is a catch from Agholor but it was a play of perfection from both sides. Back shoulder throws might be the most difficult to make consistently in the NFL but Foles in the clutch places this one right on the money.
Agholor gets tough on a reverse
Another smaller play on the big scheme of things but is another example of how far along Nelson Agholor has come since being labeled a bust after two of the worst seasons a receiver has had to start off his career.
Pederson implemented reverse plays to Agholor on a number of occasions throughout the playoffs now that the speed we saw at USC was showcased on the field.
Agholor got tough on this one, lowering the shoulder and running through two defenders to get the first down.
Foles hits Agholor on the run
Everytime you thought “ok this is when the Patriots start pulling away” Nick Foles would make another tough play to keep the Eagles drive alive. He isn’t the most athleticly gifted quarterback in the league but Foles was able to evade the rush by rolling to his right and delivered a perfectly placed ball to Agholor.
Jake Elliott has ice in his veins
Jake Elliott. Off a pracitce squad. Hit a 46-Yard FG to put the Eagles up by 8 with only a minute left in the Super Bowl. Ice. In. His. Veins.
Special teams set up the defense to finish the job
The last drive that resulted in a failed hail mary attempt by the Patriots could have been a lot easier if the Eagles special teams didn’t set them up with horrible field position.
New England tries a reverse but Bryan Braman and Najee Goode were having none of it.
Each and every one of these plays was crucial to the Eagles winning the Super Bowl. With so many incredible moments from the game, a lot of these plays went unnoticed until now.
Positional Preview: Tight End
The Eagles already had one of the league’s best tight ends in Zach Ertz who in his first five years has matched the likes of both Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten in their first five seasons.
Now add a highlight reel rookie in Dallas Goedert who led college tight ends in deep receptions and yards.
These aren’t the tight ends of the past. The duo of Ertz and Goedert could cause mis-match nightmares for defenses.
How will the Eagles use Ertz and Goedert at the same time? Will Richard Rodgers be able to hold off Billy Brown for the final TE spot?
It is time to preview the tight ends right here on Locked on Eagles!
Positional Preview: Wide Receiver
The Eagles may have the deepest, most dynamic receiving group in franchise history. With an established #1 WR in Alshon Jeffery, an elite slot receiver in Nelson Agholor, a deep threat in Mike Wallace that has gone under the radar in two previous seasons with Baltimore, and two promising youngsters in Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson, the Eagles are locked and loaded at wide receiver now and into the future.
Is Jeffery a true #1? How much of an upgrade with Wallace be over Torrey Smith? Is Shelton Gibson or Mack Hollins the more promising prospect?
We answer all that and more on another edition of the Locked on Eagles podcast!
Positional Preview: Running Back
For the first time since LeSean McCoy was traded, the Eagles have a dynamic backfield heading into training camp with young and experienced bruisers, efficient pass blockers, and pass catchers out of the backfield with Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, and Darren Sproles manning the position for 2018.
Who will lead the position in carries and touches? What will Darren Sproles’s role be in his final NFL season? In the four-man race for the fourth and likely final RB spot will Matt Jones, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, or Donnel Pumphrey come out on top?
All that and more on another installment of the Locked on Eagles podcast “Positional Preview” edition!