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Eagles long-snapper: Saturday walkthrough had fake plays in case Patriots were watching

Ryan Hannable
February 09, 2018 - 6:00 am

Apparently, the Patriots were in the Eagles' heads before last Sunday's Super Bowl.

On 620 WDAE in Tampa, Eagles long-snapper Rick Lovato said the Eagles didn't run certain plays, including the Philly Special, during their walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium the day before the game.

“We had run that play during a walkthrough like two weeks ago,” Lovato said, adding the Eagles did not run the play due to concerns the Patriots could be watching, via Pro Football Talk.

"I believe our whole walkthrough was just a complete fake walkthrough," he added. "We did it at the stadium. There were certain people walking around. ... I believe I overheard someone say a lot of the plays we were running weren’t even in the playbook for the Super Bowl.”

The long-snapper said there was no need to go over any of their plays since they had practiced them for two weeks.

“We already had our game plan set all week for the last two weeks,” Lovato said. “We had two weeks to prepare for that game. A measly walkthrough the day before the game, we weren’t going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium.”

The Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII.

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