Eagles took precautions if the Patriots tried to cheat in Super Bowl

Eagles took precautions if the Patriots tried to cheat in Super Bowl

Leery of a New England Patriots spy watching their their workout, the Eagles walkthrough at U.S. Bank Stadium contained plays not in the game plan.

Not that Lovato actually said the Eagles were anxious about the Patriots spying on them, but he ostensibly confirmed it when he said the Eagles ran a fake walk-through during the week leading up to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Doug Pederson was prepared for everything, and he is a Super Bowl champion because of it.

Coming away with a surprise 41-33 victory, it seems the decision didn't hurt the Eagles.

"I believe our whole walkthrough was just a complete fake walkthrough", he added.

Eagles took precautions if the Patriots tried to cheat in Super Bowl
Eagles took precautions if the Patriots tried to cheat in Super Bowl

The Patriots, of course, famously were disciplined by the National Football League for illegally videotaping the New York Jets' defensive coaching signals from an unauthorized location in 2007.

So, instead of using their last chance on the US Bank Stadium turf before the big game to ideal their game plan, the Eagles practiced everything but what they'd be pulling out on New England-just in case Bill Belichick, who in 2007 was fined a record $500,000 for his staff's filming an opponent's sideline during a game, or an underling was spying. The Eagles did just that on Super Bowl Sunday. There were certain people walking around.

Even the now-famous "Philly Special" wasn't practiced in the stadium, with Lovato saying the Eagles went over that two weeks before the Super Bowl.

Throughout the season, teams meet for a light practice session the day before a game in which pads aren't worn and plays typically are practiced at no more than half-speed.

Lovato said the Eagles had their game plan in place before they even left for Minnesota. "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.

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