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Eagles’ trick play touchdown may have been an illegal formation

Super Bowl LII - Philadelphia Eagles v New England Patriots

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his 1 yard touchdown reception with Torrey Smith #82 and Zach Ertz #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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The Eagles took a 22-12 lead into halftime at Super Bowl LII thanks to a fourth-and-goal trick play that saw quarterback Nick Foles catch a touchdown pass. But that play may have come out of an illegal formation.

Philadelphia appeared to line up with just six players on the line of scrimmage and five behind the line of scrimmage, which would make the play an illegal formation.

It was a close call, with the wide receiver lining up about half a yard behind the line, when he should have been on the line, covering the right tackle. But it easily could have been flagged.

If it had been called, the Eagles would have been penalized five yards and almost certainly would have kicked a field goal on the play. Instead, the Eagles got a touchdown, and were gifted an extra four points.