Despite what appeared to be an errant call by the officials, the most important news from the hit that forced Austin Collie to be carted off the field was that he was "up and alert" in the locker room, according to the Colts.
The Indianapolis receiver suffered a concussion late in the second quarter when he was sandwiched by Eagles safeties Quintin Mikell and Kurt Coleman. Mikell drew a flag for hitting a defenseless receiver, but he appeared to be arriving just as the ball was and he led with his shoulder. Coleman led with his shoulder, too, but his helmet grazed Collie's.
Nevertheless, Collie fell the turf and laid motionless for minutes with his hands up in the air. Eagles coach Andy Reid, meanwhile, boisterously appealed the call. At one point, DeSean Jackson argued with the officials out on the field, but Reid yelled at the receiver to get back on the sideline.
Everyone from CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz to the Eagles fan in the nosebleeds thought the hits were legal. But in today's NFL, with the new rules meant to protect defenseless players, the line between a clean and a dirty hit has been blurred.