Frank Reich reveals he trolled Patriots with Philly Special
The Indianapolis Colts found a way to troll the New England Patriots and their fans during Saturday’s game.
On Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts recorded a huge victory over the rival New England Patriots. New England was on a seven-game winning streak prior to this loss and the top team in the AFC, so losing this rivalry game was pretty tough for their team.
To make matters worse for the Patriots, Indianapolis’ head coach, Frank Reich, essentially revealed Indy was trolling New England during the game with a certain play call.
In the first quarter, with the game still scoreless, the Colts lined up at the eight and a half yard line for first and goal and used some trickery for their first trip into the end zone.
The touchdown only put Indy up by one score at the time, but it was about the flashbacks it brought Patriots fans that made this an especially petty move by Indianapolis.
The trick play closely resembles the famous “Philly Special”, the play that Reich called during his time with the Eagles to help Philadelphia win a Super Bowl over the Patriots in 2018.
Colts use Philly special to spite Patriots
Following the win, Reich addressed the media and jokingly demanded $20 from a reporter, because apparently, there was a bet amongst media members that Indianapolis wouldn’t be able to score on New England with the Philly Special.
While the play wasn’t identical, Reich noted that it was a variation, saying, “This is a run, this is a version of the Philly Special. … It was appropriate given the opponent. That’s a version of it. So, there you go.”
Just like in the Super Bowl, the play helped Reich’s team defeat the Patriots. This win also helped the Colts to possibly reach their own Super Bowl. With the win on Saturday, Indianapolis now sits at 8-6 and fifth in the AFC.
Indy has been one of the best teams in the NFL over the second half of the season, and the level of play against New England proved that. If the Colts can avoid a tragic stumble over the next three games, they will enter the postseason with as good of a chance to win a Super Bowl as anyone.