On Sunday night, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles became the first former Arizona Wildcats QB to start a Super Bowl.
Roughly 90 minutes later, he became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to catch a touchdown pass -- and he did so on an unusual and extremely gutsy play.
On fourth and goal from the Patriots' 1-yard line with less than a minute left in the first half, the Eagles decided to go for it rather than kick a field goal. On the play, Foles acted like he was calling a new play from the line of scrimmage; instead, the ball was directly snapped to running back Corey Clement, who handed it off to tight end Trey Burton.
Burton then threw a pass to a wide-open Foles to put the Eagles ahead 22-12 at halftime.
With the catch, Foles also became the first-ever player to throw a touchdown and catch a touchdown in the same Super Bowl. Incredible.
Anyone have the Nick Foles receiving TD prop bet???
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Making the feat even sweeter for Foles is the fact that Patriots QB Tom Brady dropped an easy catch earlier in the half the cost New England some points.
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Mike Stoops, Foles' football coach at Arizona, joined the Wildcat Country podcast last week to discuss his trio of former players -- Foles, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers -- who competed in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
"His toughness was the thing I think that really stood out when he delivered the football. He took some hits and really hung in there and delivered the football," Stoops said of Foles.