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Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira: Eagles lined up illegally on Philly Special touchdown in Super Bowl LII

Ryan Hannable
February 12, 2018 - 5:57 pm

At the time, there was some question whether the Eagles lined up correctly on the Philly Special touchdown play in Super Bowl LII, as it was pointed out the Eagles only had six players on the line of scrimmege.

And a week later, it appears that thought has been confirmed.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via 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. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“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.”

The play came on fourth down, so the Eagles would then have had fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line.

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