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Nick Foles Super Bowl TD Catch Play Was Borrowed From Bears Play in 2016

The Bears called the play “Clemson Special.” The Eagles renamed it the “Philly Special.” And on Sunday, they used it for the most exciting touchdown of a thrilling 41-33 Super Bowl win, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“There’s been several different variations of that play that we’ve seen people run,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. “We were in particular copying the Bears’ version of it.”

Facing fourth-and-goal from a yard-and-a-half out with less than a minute left in the first half, the Eagles lined up in a shotgun formation. Quarterback Nick Foles walked toward the line of scrimmage as if he were calling an audible to his offensive linemen.

Foles stopped just outside the right shoulder of his right tackle, and the ball was snapped to running back Corey Clement, who flipped it to tight end Trey Burton on a reverse. Running from left to right, Burton pulled up and threw to Foles, who was wide open in the end zone in the right flat.

The Bears ran the same play in their season-ending victory in 2016, which was also at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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