Excerpt from a post yesterday by Paul Domowitch on the Daily News Eagles blog at www.eagletarian:
I've received quite a few e-mails from readers regarding that little jawing match between Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver and 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks near the end of the first half when the Eagles were trying to line up and spike the ball to stop the clock.
Most people wanted to know what would have happened if Donovan McNabb had just taken the snap and spiked the ball rather than wait for Weaver to line up.
The general assumption of most of the e-mailers was that both teams would have been called for offsetting penalties - Weaver for a false start and Brooks for being offsides - the clock would have stopped and they would have replayed the down, leaving the Eagles with enough time to take one more shot at the end zone before having to settle for a David Akers field goal.
I checked with Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating, to find out what would have happened if the Eagles had run the play with Weaver and Brooks still jawing. His answer:
"If the ball would have been snapped, we would have penalized the Eagles for a false start since all offensive players did not get set before the snap. That would have taken precedent over the defense being offside. There would not have been a play and there would be a 10-second runoff."