I’ve seen this play before.
Here’s Minnesota running the Philly Special for a two-point conversion in their 28-21 win over the South Dakota State Jack Rabbits:
The Philly Special has touched down in Minnesota. 👀pic.twitter.com/kEZgJ4vfpk
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 30, 2019
Of course many people were quick to point out that the “Philly Special” was not invented by Doug Pederson, or anybody in Philadelphia. It’s a play that has existed at the college and high school football level for some time:
It’s not the Philly special. It’s been in playbooks for two-point calls for decades
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) August 30, 2019
Mr. Sallee is correct, HOWEVER –
The reason why it’s now universally known as the Philly Special, in my opinion, is because the Birds executed it to perfection on the biggest possible stage. Theirs was not a two-point conversion, but an incredibly ballsy trick play called in a high stakes scenario. An Eagles touchdowwwwwwwwwwwwn.
That’s why the play is now called the Philly Special, from here to eternity.