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Eagles' Rodney McLeod questions Brandin Cooks trying to jump over him in Super Bowl LII: I was like, 'What are you doing?'

Ryan Hannable
February 13, 2018 - 10:58 am

One of the biggest plays in Super Bowl LII was the first play of the second quarter.

It was third-and-short deep in the Eagles' end of the field and the Patriots called for a jet-sweep to Brandin Cooks around the right end. Cooks tried to jump over Rodney McLeod to pick up the first down, but McLeod made the tackle, stopping Cooks from getting the necessary yardage.

"I was surprised that he tried to do that," McLeod told reporters last week. "I thought he would try to give me a move, knowing that he's a quick, shifty type of guy. So that's what I was playing for and expecting, but then I just  see him try to go over top of me and I was like, 'No way. What are you doing?'"

On fourth down the Patriots attempted a field goal, but a bad snap forced a miss. The Eagles then went down the field and turned a 9-3 lead into a 15-3 lead with their second touchdown of the game.

"I didn't really understand the importance until the day after the game, and I looked back at it," said McLeod. "They actually missed a field goal right after that, and it created a lot of energy and momentum for the team. I was just glad to be a part of that. And then, yeah, it's going viral, too, so I'm excited about that."

McLeod still couldn't believe Cooks tried to hurdle him.

"I just looked at him," he said. "I probably just walked off like, 'What are you doing?'"

Later in the second quarter, Cooks took a huge hit and was immediately ruled out of the game with a concussion.

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