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

Pereira:

But the trick play, which the Eagles ran to perfection for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal in the first half of Super Bowl LII, shouldn't have counted in the first place.

Former Patriots linebacker and current NESN insider Matt Chatham also initially pointed out that the play should have been ruled dead due to an illegal formation during the game earlier this month. 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. Alshon Jeffrey, at the top of the screen in this image, appears to be off the line.

Initially, the league said that it was a "judgment call", hinting that there is some leeway when a player is "close enough" to the line of scrimmage.

The only problem is, it probably shouldn't have counted, according to former National Football League official and current Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira, who said the Eagles "lined up wrong" on the play and should have been flagged for illegal formation. Pereira said, via Clark Judge of Talk of Fame Sports Network.

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"Not only that, it's a trick play". I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

Jeffery (upper right) did check in with the line judge before the play, meaning the official gave him no reason to think he was lined up illegally ahead of the snap.

"We always use a yard, maybe a yard-and-a-half".

However, for one Eagles player, the day was a little bit of a sticky situation. It's kind of one of those that has no effect on the play.

"The rule got in trouble because they differentiated between a receiver who is upright and on his feet and a receiver who is going to the ground. And it really should've been called". And since Foles was lined up in the backfield, the Patriots would have known he was an eligible receiver. But history shows that when you make plays in big moments, these types of calls tend to go your way.

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