All season long we have seen defenders get flagged for hitting defenseless receivers. We have been told by the NFL that even if a defensive player does not lead with his helmet, if he launches his body into a defenseless receiver it is a penalty. That exact thing seemed to happen to Eagles tight end Brent Celek late in the game against the packers. There was no flag thrown on the play and a few plays later Michael Vick threw an interception in the endzone. This is a play that I believe should be looked at again because we have seen penalties called for the same kind of hits all year. A penalty would have given the Eagles a first down deep inside Packers territory with the clock stopped.
Before this year I would have said that this was a clean hit, but the NFL has told us all year that hits like this are illegal. I will have a comparison up soon of similar defenseless receiver penalties that were called against the defense. For now let me know what you think in the comments. You can see the play here, it starts 7:25 into the video.