Pereira: "Philly Special" Super Bowl TD should've been called penalty


With the play being in the trick variety the officials during the game should have been even more aware of what is legal and what isn't legal.

While the game itself could have played out differently, the missed call ultimately decided turned out to be a close game for the remaining two quarters as Philadelphia held on to win 41-33 and capture its first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.

"We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half". Jeffery needed to be on the line, but could've gotten away with a yard or so. "And it really should've been called".

Then Pereira seemed to contradict his argument, claiming that officials often give a receiver about a yard and a half of leeway on the line of scrimmage.

"To me", said FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira, the league's former head of officiating, on our latest podcast, "it was more a recognition of how they changed about two-thirds of the way through the season".

"I know the league came out and said that it's a judgment call, which it is", Pereira told Clark Judge of Talk of Fame. And since Foles was lined up in the backfield, the Patriots would have known he was an eligible receiver. So in trying to correct the situation, Pereira added a bit of murkiness on his own. There should have been a penalty for illegal formation, he said.

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"Not only that, it's a trick play".

The Eagles appeared to have only six men on the line of scrimmage as Jeffery was about two yards out of position when the ball was snapped directly to running back Corey Clement.

Generally, when the Patriots are accused of doing something illegal it becomes a massive national story that doesn't die with calls of win and to have their title stripped from them.

But more than a week later, there are still some out there who believe the touchdown shouldn't have counted.

One of the controversies to arise from the Super Bowl had to do with whether or not the Philadelphia Eagles were lined up in illegal formation on the "Philly Special" trick play that resulted in a touchdown pass to Nick Foles. But history shows that when you make plays in big moments, these types of calls tend to go your way.