Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pereira: How Super Bowl LII could affect replay for 2018

Pereira: How Super Bowl LII could affect replay for 2018

In one week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz helped his team win the Super Bowl, got engaged to his best friend, and filled in for Vice President Mike Pence at the National Prayer Breakfast Dinner in Washington, D.C. Not bad. 'But that's two. And even a little bit beyond two.

Trey Burton (left) was a college quarterback before moving to tight end and throwing a touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII.

"I know the league came out and said that it's a judgment call, which it is". "And it really should've been called".

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.

Chatham's NESN colleague, Zack Cox, took his side by pointing out that the Eagles had six players on the line of scrimmage, rather than the mandated seven via Twitter.

"Not only that, it's a trick play".

The Eagles appeared to have only six men on the line of scrimmage as Jeffery was about two yards out of position when the ball was snapped directly to running back Corey Clement.

The issue under debate here is whether Alshon Jeffery was close enough to the line of scrimmage.

Then Pereira seemed to contradict his argument, claiming that officials often give a receiver about a yard and a half of leeway on the line of scrimmage.

ProFootballTalk reached out to the NFL for comment after the Eagles' 41-33 victory, and a "league source" said it was a "judgment call". So in the imaginary timeline where the Philadelphia touchdown didn't count, it's likely that the Patriots would have run out of time before the half, just like they did in the real-life timeline.

And while Garcia has been out of the league for nearly a decade at this point, he still remains present in the hearts of many Philly fans, as highlighted by his frequent interactions with Eagles fans online this past season. But history shows that when you make plays in big moments, these types of calls tend to go your way.

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