Japanese football team runs “Philly Special” in wild 75th Rice Bowl
The Philadelphia Eagles have officially made their mark overseas. Japanese X-League team Panasonic Impulse ran the famous “Philly Special” in what turned out to be an electric 75th Rice Bowl.
Fortunately, @RedditCFB secured the footage and shared it for all to see. And my goodness is the execution on this play beautiful:
Now THAT is what I’m talking about. After being initially impressed, I had to dig deeper. I needed to find out more about the Rice Bowl.
As it turns out, the Rice Bowl is the championship game for the Japanese X-League. However, it didn’t use to be that way.
Before the 2022 edition, the game was played between the X Bowl champions (the previous X-League title game), and the winners of the Koshien Bowl (Japanese college football’s highest division).
So, they whipped out the Philly Special in the Japanese Super Bowl, which also has the most outstanding MVP trophies of all time!
Clearly Panasonic Impulse play with serious balls. They were going up against a juggernaut in the Fujitsu Frontiers, who were going for their sixth title in eight years. This was basically Eagles vs. Patriots in the Land of the Rising Sun, and Panasonic went for broke.
The Philly Special wasn’t their only trick play of the night:
Just look at that double flea-flicker. It was a thing of beauty. It went for a massive gain in the third quarter and helped set the team up for a chance to win it in the fourth.
Unfortunately, with the ball on the goal line down three, Panasonic Impulse was unable to recreate the magic of their Philly Special and came up empty.
Unfortunately, Panasonic never got the ball back, and Fujistu walked out of the Tokyo Dome victorious. It was officially their sixth title in eight years, truly dominant stuff.
I can’t help but feel bad for our Japanese brothers and sisters in arms. Panasonic Impulse fans have been through a lot. It was the third time their shot a championship was foiled by goal-line disasters.
The Eagles have had plenty of moments where they’ve come up just short, especially earlier this season. However, the team has persevered through thick and think to go on a late season win streak.
Hopefully, Panasonic Impulse can build on that Philly Special and take more inspiration from the Birds as they make a playoff run.
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