Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
In a radio interview with WDAE Radio in Tampa Bay, Eagles long snapper Rick Lovato mentioned that the Eagles ran a "fake-walkthrough" at US Bank Stadium prior to Super Bowl LII.
Lovato went on to say, "We weren't going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium."
With Bill Belichick being what the late-great Charlie Murphy would call a "habitual line stepper" , it's not surprising that the Eagles took the proper precautions in Minnesota.
In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl 52, I revisited the "Spygate" scandal that impacted Super Bowl 39 (Eagles vs. Patriots, round 1).
While doing so, I re-read this excellent piece by ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. & Seth Wickersham: Spygate to Deflategate: Inside what split the NFL and the Patriots apart. Van Natta Jr. and Wickersham do a great job here of unpacking the Patriots scandals over the past two decades. It's a long, but worthwhile read for any football fan.
No matter what you think of Spygate and its impact on the outcome of games, it's good to see that Pederson and the Eagles didn't take any chances going into the big game.