For Super Bowl QBs as receivers, Foles the hero and Brady the goat
When it comes to NFL quarterbacks, Tom Brady might be the GOAT.
But as a receiver, the New England Patriots star is just a goat.
Where Brady dropped a wide-open pass from Danny Amendola, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles caught his first career touchdown on a fourth-and-goal trick play from the 1-yard line late in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII.
Foles is a better receiver than Brady— Tim Benz (@TimBenzPGH) February 5, 2018
Nick Foles caught his pass because it hit him right in the hands. Brady didn't catch his because it was an overthrow.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 5, 2018
First half recap:Trey Burton has more TD passes than Tom Brady; Nick Foles has more TD catches than any Patriots receiver; and Brady has more dropped passes than TD passes.Got all that?— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) February 5, 2018
Foles lined up in the shotgun, but motioned to his right to allow for a direct snap to running back Corey Clement, who lateraled to tight end Trey Burton. A former quarterback at Florida, Burton tossed a touchdown pass to Foles to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead they took into halftime.
"They go to the very, very, very back of the playbook for the touchdown," NBC announcer Al Michaels said.
Added color analyst Cris Collinsworth: "This play call has a chance to be remembered as one of the all-time greats."
On the first target of his career, Nick Foles becomes the first QB to catch a TD pass in the Super Bowl. John Elway and Jim Kelly are the only other QBs to catch a pass in the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/l9gZLlERqC— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 5, 2018
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