Eagles ran fake walkthrough before Super Bowl in case Patriots were watching

Tricia Pearson
February 10, 2018

Leery of a New England Patriots spy watching their their workout, the Eagles walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium contained plays not in the game plan.

After many predicted the New England Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady who has snagged five Super Bowl rings- would take home the win once again, turns out the Eagles put in extra work to become Super Bowl champs for their first time in their team's history. The ensuing probe resulted in the discovery of several video tapes that were used to steal defensive signals, including those of the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI.

Despite the allegations being dropped due to lack of evidence, the Philadelphia Eagles weren't willing to make themselves victims to the Patriots history of cheating and chose to throw the team off just in case.

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"I believe our whole walkthrough was just a complete fake walkthrough", Lovato said, via Pro Football Talk. That's what Eagles long snapper Rick Lovato told Tampa radio station WDAE. Whatever the answer, the Eagles ended up winning the game 41-33.

Because the Eagles felt compelled to have a fake walk-through two days before the game, even if the team already had the game plan down pat, the fact that the Patriots are cheaters still works in Bill Belichick's favor, because other teams waste energy safeguarding against the cheating. The best part is that the Eagles didn't even bother running their trick play, "Philly Special", during their walkthrough because they didn't want anyone to see it.

"I think there are still a lot of coaches out there that don't trust the Patriots, so sometimes they'll overthink it and do some fake plays in case anybody's watching", Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said Friday on SportsCenter. "A measly walk-through the day before the game, we weren't going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium".

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