A late defensive holding call in Super Bowl LVII drew tons of criticism the last couple days, but the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t complaining.
On 3rd and 8 with less than two minutes to go, Philadelphia Eagles‘ cornerback James Bradberry was called for holding on a fade route by JuJu Smith-Schuster, but many think the refs should have eaten the whistle.
Bradberry admitted after the game that the referee made the right call, and Smith-Schuster wasn’t afraid to remind everyone of the season-altering play.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Chiefs receiver posted an image of a digital valentine on Twitter that said, “I’ll hold you when it matters most.”
Instead of the Eagles getting the ball with about 1:50 to go and a timeout, the Chiefs ran down the clock and kicked the Super Bowl-winning field goal with eight seconds left. Jalen Hurts only had time for a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete, and red and gold confetti went flying.
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“It was a holding. I tugged his jersey. I was hoping they would let it slide,” Bradberry said after the game.
Head coach Nick Sirianni said there were way too many other variables throughout the game to blame the loss on one call.
“It always appears to be one call. … That is not what it is. So many teams contribute to the result of the game. Today they were better,” he said.