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VIDEO: Remembering When Tom Brady Fooled Entire Eagles Defense on Brilliant Trick Play Pass From Danny Amendola

By michael obermuller
Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and the original Philly Special in action.
Tom Brady, Danny Amendola and the original Philly Special in action. / NFL on FOX, YouTube
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Before the famous "Philly Special" ever happened in the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, there was already a history of a similar trick play that got less attention in 2015.

Tom Brady and the Patriots pull it off this time, and quite spectacularly.

Most fans may not remember this one, but years later the familiarity of this play is uncanny. Brady walks off from center to fake barking instructions to his teammates as the ball snaps directly to James White. The running back then begins an outside run before lateraling a reverse to Danny Amendola, who returns the ball to Brady on a backdoor passing route downfield.

Not sure anyone has ever seen Brady run so fast, or display so much athleticism in an body part besides his arm. It tricked the Eagles though, and you know they must have remembered this moment because they waited until a Super Bowl to return the favor with Nick Foles.

I'm not sure if there's ever been a trick play rivalry in any sport, but I'm ready to deem this the first if the spot is available. Philly versus New England, watch the ball, not the players!


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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