Eagles Ran Fake Walk-Through Ahead of SB LII

Eagles Ran Fake Walk-Through Ahead of SB LII

Eagles Ran Fake Walk-Through Ahead of SB LII

The Eagles' day-before-game practice session in advance of Super Bowl LII last week "was just a complete fake walkthrough", Philadelphia's long snapper, Rick Lovato, said during an interview with WDAE radio in Tampa .

Almost nine months after that incident, the Boston Herald reported that the Patriots had also videotaped the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough practice prior to Super Bowl XXXVI in February of 2002.

It's reported that the Philadelphia Eagles had a backup plan to throw off the New England Patriots from spying by conducting a fake run through.

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"I believe I overheard someone say a lot of the plays we were running weren't even plays that were in the playbook for the Super Bowl". Spagnuolo didn't accuse the Patriots of cheating, but he said former defensive coordinator Jim Johnson could tell New England knew the Eagles' signals. Whatever the answer, the Eagles ended up winning the game 41-33. But an actual player on the team is usually pretty reliable source.

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.

Lovato added that the Eagles essentially had their entire playbook installed for nearly the entire two weeks of preparation for the Super Bowl. The win nets Philadelphia its first Super Bowl victory, doing so without the services of MVP-favorite Carson Wentz, who was lost midway through the season with an injury. "A measly walk-through the day before the game, we weren't going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium", he said. It was worked on two weeks prior, and not brought to Minnesota just in case "someone" would be watching.

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