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NFL rule says Russell Wilson's 'lateral' is an illegal forward pass

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NFL rule says Russell Wilson's 'lateral' is an illegal forward pass

There were a handful of things that helped the Seahawks beat the Eagles on Sunday night in Seattle: Carson Wentz missing a couple of wide open receivers, a game-shifting fumble at the one-foot line, referees seemingly favoring the home crowd all night long, Russell Wilson playing like a stud, etc.

But one play that clearly went in the Seahawks favor that shouldn't have was the forward pass from Wilson to Mike Davis on a QB scramble around the 47-yard line that was not called a penalty. The refs on the field ruled it was a lateral in real time and the Eagles opted not to challenge the call. 

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So what is the rule exactly?

Here is Rule 3, Section 22, Article 4:

"It is a forward pass if:

a. the ball initially moves forward (to a point nearer the opponent’s goal line) after leaving the passer’s hand(s);"

So where Davis caught the ball (between the 48 and 49-yard line) was closer to the Eagles' goal line than where Wilson tossed it from (the 47). That's an illegal forward pass.

Still confused? Mike Pereira had a couple of tweets that attempted to clarify.

Here's what Doug Pederson told the media about not throwing the challenge flag on the play.

"Real time, it looked fine," Pederson said. "It looked legit. We didn’t get all the necessary looks. They hustled to the line, but at the same time, it looked good, and I trust the guys upstairs making those decisions and didn’t challenge that. I already challenged one in the half and lost that, so I didn’t want to risk another timeout."

I don't love the rationale here that because they already lost one challenge, they didn't want to risk losing another. If they didn't see it in real time, that's one thing, but if a potentially game-changing play is wrong, you should challenge it. Period. Credit the Seahawks for rushing to the line and snapping the next play before Doug  could challenge.

Even the Seahawks fans admitted they got away with one there.

Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

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Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

Reporters at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pointed out the tremendous showing of Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon, with most saying their representation among Rams fans being guestimated at about 50-50.

So when Brandon Graham scored on a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown as time expired, the Eagles defense attempted to do a Lambeau Leap-style celebration because there were so many Eagles fans in the front row.

Naturally, the few Rams fans nearby were understandably not down with it. NBC Sports Philadelphia's camera's captured footage of one Rams fan attempting to push Eagles defensive end Chris Long down.

Long is then seen having heated words with said fan. You may remember Long from earlier in the game when he forced Jared Goff to fumble in a game-changing play. I'd say Long likely won this battle of words.

The Eagles beat the Rams by a final of 43-35. You can watch the encounter below.

Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

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Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

Eagles fans were incredibly down Sunday night with the reports that MVP-candidate Carson Wentz could be lost for the season.

Nick Foles stepped out of the backup role and helped the Birds to a victory that clinched the NFC East championship.

Despite Foles stepping in to help the Eagles earn the win, the Philly fanbase is not sold on the former starter being able to fill Wentz's shoes.

One guy who does vouch for Foles, however, is his former teammate and perhaps the greatest running back in Eagles history, Shady McCoy.

"I played with nick he is a true baller [sic]," LeSean tweeted.

This isn't the first time McCoy has stated support of Foles. Following the 2015 season, McCoy vouched for Foles as a team leader.

"I like Nick. The person and player that everybody thought he was, he is," McCoy said. "There were a lot of injuries this year, Nick, obviously got injured. He gets all of the blame and he shouldn't. I think Nick's a good quarterback. He's the leader of our team. Just things didn't work out for him this year due to injury, but we've got his back. As a team, we didn't play well enough to win and to get into the playoffs."

McCoy obviously went on to play for the Bills and Foles departed the Eagles for the big green of the Rams.

Strange that Foles is back in Philly with a chance to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl.

McCoy also offered congrats to his old team.

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Here's a video of Wentz walking back to the locker room as well as footage of him heading out from the stadium.

Foles says he's ready:

Others offered their support for Wentz.