Former Vice President of officiating Mike Pereira believes the referees missed a key call in the Superbowl when the Eagles ran their “Philly Special” a trick play that resulted in the Eagles quarterback Nick Foles catching a touchdown right before halftime.
“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said on the Talk of Fame Network. “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.”
This is not an excuse for the Patriots losing the game but there were clearly questionable non calls that according to regular season rules probably should have been overturned. This is not one of them. The refs clearly missed on this one and it was clearly an illegal formation. Imagine the outcry if the Patriots got away with this.
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