Well, he wasn't. They lined up wrong. The former VP of officiating also said he believes that Roger Goodell asked the current VP of officiating, Alberto Riveron, to tighten up the NFL's replay procedure before the playoffs started. "The down judge, who was the one that (the play) was on his side of the field ... they felt that it was his judgment, and he (receiver Alshon Jeffrey) was close enough".
As you can see in the video, the police had no idea who he was, and they briefly moved to grab him off the parade route, before realizing he was actually a player on the team and allowed him to get on the bus.
"Under my proposal", said Pereira, "and what I think the rule ought to change to be, then I think Dez Bryant's catch was a catch".
Sure, it's harder to recognize some of the lesser well known NFL players, especially when you take into account they were a football helmet when they are on TV the most, but Clement was a Super Bowl hero!
"I know the league came out and said that it's a judgment call, which it is", said Pereira. "But element of time is subjective".
Another controversy has risen from what will go down as the game's most iconic play, the "Philly Special" trick play in which quarterback Nick Foles caught a fourth-down pass from tight end Trey Burton to put the Eagles up 22-12 late in the second quarter. And if you're going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly.
However, for one Eagles player, the day was a little bit of a sticky situation.
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. It's kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. "And it really should've been called".
Generally, when the Patriots are accused of doing something illegal it becomes a massive national story that doesn't die with calls of win and to have their title stripped from them.
Jeffery likely received clearance from the official nearby him and signaled with him to indicate he was on the line of scrimmage for the play, which is probably why no penalty was called.