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Eagles player says team ran fake walkthrough to throw off Patriots

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(Provided by USA Today Sports)

One Philadelphia Eagles player says the team ran a fake walkthrough in Minneapolis to throw off the New England Patriots in case they tried any of their alleged spying shenanigans.

Eagles long-snapper Rick Lovato appeared on WDAE in Tampa on Wednesday and talked about the walkthrough.

“I believe our whole walk-through was just a complete fake walk-through,” Lovato told “The Ron and JP Show“. “We did it at the stadium. There were certain people walking around. . . . I believe I overheard someone say a lot of the plays we were running weren’t even in the playbook for the Super Bowl.”

Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (left) celebrates the the 61 yard game-winning field goal with long snapper Rick Lovato (right) after time expires to defeat the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. © James Lang-USA TODAY Sports Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (left) celebrates the the 61 yard game-winning field goal with long snapper Rick Lovato (right) after time expires to defeat the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Lovato says the team didn’t use the walkthrough to run actual plays because they had already had their gameplan set.

“We already had our game plan set all week for the last two weeks,” Lovato said. “We had two weeks to prepare for that game. A measly walk-through the day before the game, we weren’t going to show anything to anyone, especially being at the stadium.”

Whatever the Eagles did certainly worked, so you can’t fault their approach.

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You may recall that back in 2008, the Boston Herald published a report accusing the Patriots of filming the Rams’ walkthrough the day before the Super Bowl in 2002. The writer later retracted his report and apologized, but that hasn’t stopped Rams players from continuing to bring up the allegations.

Spygate-like accusations aside, the strategy from the Eagles was smart. Why risk anything in a setting like that?

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