‘It was holding’: Eagles’ Bradberry has no issue with controversial Super Bowl call | Super Bowl LVII

A questionable late penalty on Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry caused plenty of anger among NFL fans but the player himself had no complaints about the call.

Kansas City won their second Super Bowl in four years by beating the Eagles 38-35. It was an exciting back-and-forth game that saw the Chiefs claw back from a 10-point halftime deficit. But one of the few gripes for football fans — particularly Eagles fans — was the anti-climatic finish.

The Chiefs were driving and faced 3rd-and-8 at the Eagles 15-yard line with 1:54 remaining when Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw incomplete to JuJu Smith-Schuster. But officials flagged Bradberry for defensive holding, which negated the incompletion and, more importantly, gave the Chiefs a first down.

Replays showed that Bradberry made light contact with Smith-Schuster, but it didn’t appear to affect the play. Still, the cornerback said he wasn’t upset at officials for the call.

“It was a holding. I tugged his jersey,” Bradberry said. “I was hoping they would let it slide.”

Kansas City were able to essentially run out the clock from that point forward. Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon made a smart move on the ensuing down, purposefully sliding two yards short of the goalline instead of scoring a touchdown. Mahomes then was able to kneel twice as the clock ran down after the Eagles used their final timeout.

Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining that proved to be the winner.


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