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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.

Internet sleuths uncover Doug Pederson cameo in 2008 movie

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Internet sleuths uncover Doug Pederson cameo in 2008 movie

Before Doug Pederson was an underdog, he was a longshot.

Thanks to some super sleuthing from some folks on Reddit, specifically u/nosefinger1, it has been uncovered that Doug Pederson and his Calvary Baptist Academy football team made a brief appearance in the movie “The Longshots.” 

Since we don’t condone piracy, here are some screenshots.

That has to be Doug, right? If you needed more proof, u/dr_rex uncovered some more info.

The movie, starring Ice Cube and directed by Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst, came out in 2008 and was a pretty significant box office flop. Perhaps they could have given the future Super Bowl-winning head coach a bigger role.

Eagles fans show off Super Bowl custom license plates on Twitter

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Eagles fans show off Super Bowl custom license plates on Twitter

The Eagles are still the reigning Super Bowl champs and these people want everyone driving behind them to know it.

Some people will decorate their house, others got tattoos, but people on Twitter started sharing their custom license plates today and they’re spectacular.

Here’s a few.

Bravo, Eagles fans.

If you have a license plate you’d like to show off, too, send it to us!