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.
Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira: Eagles lined up illegally on Philly Special touchdown in Super Bowl LII https://t.co/qdyvYJnDUo— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) February 12, 2018
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 fourth down trick play TS to Nick Foles was an illegal formation, should have been called back...extended WR to the top of the screen is off the ball (needs to be on the line with just the OT on inside him). #SB52 #Eagles #Patriots pic.twitter.com/tdX7hIpiGu— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) February 5, 2018
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.
Pereria just sounds like another salty Pats fan. I know it's tough to accept but the Philadelphia Eagles are World Champions and nothing - not a Lane Johnson quote, not a Parade speech with some cursing and certainly not an "illegal formation" - will EVER change that. Ever. https://t.co/OT7SEGIfqF— Mike Burnett (@Burnett215) February 12, 2018
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.