​The entire sports world has hailed this as ​one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history!


This puppy was an amazing revelation, as just minutes after Tom Brady dropped his own wide open potential TD pass, the "Philly Special" on fourth down was Nick Foles' turning point in the game. Out of the blue, Foles found himself wide open for a touchdown catch.


There is just one big problem, of course: the Eagles cheated on that play. 

​​We all know Mike Pereira, the former NFL head of officiating, who appears on Fox broadcasts as the dude that knows all of the rules. Finally, Pereira stepped out and confirmed the internet rumor that's been buzzing in Pats communities for a week now.  Here's what he said: 


“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said to Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. 


"We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Eagles fans are not having this, though, as they have waited too long for a Super Bowl champion to listen to this nonsense from Pereira. 

For all of the Eagles fans out there, don't worry, Pereira can say whatever he wants: they can't go back and change it now. 


It is just crazy how much officiating matters in a tightly contested game like this one. If things were called a little differently, entire narratives are changed. 


Oh well. Fly Eagles fly.