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February 14, 2022

Eagles fans mock Rams for failed Philly Special attempt in Super Bowl

Every time a team messes up the play, it only further cements the legend of Nick Foles in this city

The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday night, becoming the second-straight team to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy on its home field.

This is the Rams' second Super Bowl title in franchise history and first since the team relocated back to Los Angeles in 2016. The team's first Super Bowl title came in 1999 when the franchise was in St. Louis.

While it was a good night for the Rams, their performance wasn't free of blunders – including one that caught the attention of Eagles fans everywhere. 

The Rams decided to try their own Super Bowl version of the legendary Philly Special play, and the attempt fell flat on its face. It happened in the third quarter of Sunday night's game with Los Angeles trailing 20-13.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford handed the ball off to running back Darrell Henderson, who then ran to his left and pitched it to wide receiver Cooper Kupp. Stafford went out for the pass and was wide open near the right sideline, but Kupp fired the ball over Stafford's head and out of bounds. The Rams then kicked for a field goal to make it a 20-16 game.

The Rams failure – and any other failure to successfully run the Philly Special – only cements the mythological status of Nick Foles in the minds of Eagles fans, a sentiment some expressed on social media Sunday night.

The best reaction came from former Eagles tight end Trey Burton. When the Eagles ran the Philly Special against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Burton was the player took the toss from running back Corey Clement and threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Foles, who was wide open in the Super Bowl.

Stafford and Kupp made up for their failed attempt by connecting on the Rams winning touchdown on the Rams' final drive with 1:25 left in the game.

Among the other Philadelphia allusions in Super Bowl LVI, were a couple appearances by actor Kevin Hart. He starred in a Sam's Club Super Bowl commercial that was shown late in the fourth quarter.

Hart also appeared in a pregame promo dressed up as former NFL linebacker James Harrison. The promo posits Hart starring in a fake football movie called "100 Yards to Glory." Harrison famously had an NFL-record 100-yard interception return from end zone to end zone when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

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