Feb 4, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) looks downfield New England Patriots during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody prepares more on their opponent than Bill Belichick. You just know that Belichick and the Patriots are prepared for every game and leave no stone unturned.

But when Nick Foles and the Eagles pulled out a reverse where Foles caught a touchdown on fourth down, that might have been something the Patriots weren’t expecting. But if Belichick had been watching Texas high school football circa 2006, he might have had a plan in place to stop Foles on fourth down.

At Westlake High School in Austin, TX, Foles pulled out a similar play to score a touchdown. In this play, the throw wasn’t as good as Foles had to turn and catch while running backwards. With that kind of practice, catching that pass in the Super Bowl seemed like a piece of cake.


This was what the Eagles needed to defeat the Patriots and they did just that. And with a TD catch, along with 373 passing yards with three passing TD’s, Foles earned Super Bowl MVP. And it was a play that Foles ran in high school that helped achieve that on the big stage.

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