Rams attempt to recreate Philly Special during Super Bowl 56, fail miserably
Lol. During the second half of Super Bowl 56, the Los Angeles Rams attempted to recreate the iconic Philly Special on a crucial 3rd and 5.
Doing his best Tom Brady impersonation, Stafford was wide open, but a high throw from Kupp resulted in an incompletion and forced the Rams to settle for a field goal on the drive.
This pass all but confirms that no other team will ever be able to redo the Philly Special, adding to how historic the Nick Foles’ touchdown was.
Well, okay, I lied. One team was able to pull it off but that happened during the Rice Bowl in Japan.
Trey Burton, who threw the touchdown to Foles, was not pleased at the Rams’ attempt.
By being forced to kick the field goal, the Rams could not tie the game, but they were eventually able to come back and win, 23-20. The Eagles themselves tried to pull it off again against the San Francisco 49ers earlier this season, but the pass from Greg Ward was unsuccessful.
Cincinnati had their own version of the pass earlier in the game, with Joe Mixon faking a toss play, finding Tee Higgins wide open in the end zone. Of course, everyone on Twitter started to claim that was a Philly Special and some even said it was “better than the Eagles” but I’m not posting their dumb tweets about it because the only reason they would even say something so stupid is for “cap” in the first place.
Here’s the video. It’s a halfback pass, not the Philly Special.
Opposing teams need to stop trying to do their own Philly Special. Find a new play, get creative. How about a lineman sweep or a quadruple flea flicker? The Philly Special has failed outside of the Eagles and the Rice Bowl on almost every occasion, in a crucial situation. It just comes off as predictable and lazy.
Mandatory Credit: NBC