Was the 'Philly Special' a legal play?
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Was the 'Philly Special' a legal play?

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Former NFL referee and Fox analyst Mike Pereira added fuel to the "Philly Special" fire, deeming one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history illegal. Pereira says the Eagles didn't have enough players on the line of scrimmage, making it an illegal formation. Still, many believe Alshon Jeffery was close enough to line and even checked in with the sideline referee to make sure he was in the right position. That play was legal. What do you think? 🏈

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"Philly Special" was a pretty sweet play. Too bad it shouldn't have counted.

Real football fans know that was an illegal formation because Alshon Jeffrey was nowhere near the line of scrimmage. That makes the formation illegal and a penalty should have been called. Here's former referee Mike Pereira:

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.

Hey, everyone. It might surprise you, but the football season is over. The Philadelphia Eagles are the Super Bowl champions. There is no point in talking about whether "Philly Special" was legal or not, but if you want to argue, it was totally a legit play.

The line of scrimmage is loose in terms of players lining up. Athletes can be within one or one-and-a-half yards away and still be considered on the line. If people really wanted to get technical with it, a lot more penalties can be called because players aren't right on the line all of the time, but no one wants that. Alshon Jeffrey checked in with the sideline official who confirmed he was in good position. That should be the end of the discussion. It was a legal play and people need to let go.

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