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Neil deGrasse Tyson: That was a Russell Wilson lateral, not a forward pass

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, shovels the ball on the run as Philadelphia Eagles' Nigel Bradham moves in during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE -- Science sides with Russell Wilson.

Turn back the clock to Sunday night, the Seahawks' quarterback takes off running against the Eagles. He is well by the line of scrimmage when he flips the ball to running back Mike Davis, who runs for another 16 yards.

The Eagles didn't challenge the play, but plenty of voices weighed in that the flip was a forward pass -- which would have been against the rules since Wilson was beyond the line of scrimmage -- and not a backward pass or lateral, which would have been allowed.

Coach Pete Carroll is convinced the play was legal and said Monday that he had called astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to explain it all and show that it was legal.

The scientist has now taken to Twitter to back Carroll and Wilson.

Galilean Transformation?

Let the Encyclopedia Britannica explain. Well sort of:

"Galilean transformations, also called Newtonian transformations, set of equations in classical physics that relate the space and time coordinates of two systems moving at a constant velocity relative to each other. Adequate to describe phenomena at speeds much smaller than the speed of light."

That Russell Wilson is fast, but it doesn't take a scientist to say he isn't faster than light.

The Seahawks, of course, thought the scientist was worth a retweet.

Carroll was happy with the result, too.


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