Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning field goal comes after controversial penalty on Eagles: ‘I can’t call that’

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A late defensive decision in Super Bowl LVII is now the latest NFL controversy.

On days 3 and 8, James Bradberry of the Philadelphia Eagles was penalized on a fade route to JuJu Smith-Schuster, but many think the refs should have swallowed the whistle.

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James Bradberry #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

It was certainly a game-changing decision that many defensive backs got away with throughout the game, and the fact that the flag was thrown with less than two minutes to go in the biggest game of the season caused quite a stir. .

The Kansas City Chiefs’ momentum continued, they were able to waste some time, and instead of the Eagles getting the ball back with about 1:50 to play and a timeout, they didn’t get possession until after Harrison Butker kicked a pass. 27 yards. field goal with eight seconds remaining – turned out to be the Super Bowl winner.

LeBron James led the reaction.

Pat McAfee also offered his thoughts on the penalty.

«That ref who made that holding call at that time at that stage in that game? Super Bowl? Huh? Huh?!…» he said. «Hello refs, you can’t call that there. Okay? It’s not about you. Was there a hold? I guess. If he stops and goes frame by frame, he had his hands on him, but nonetheless, in that Come on, we got robbed of a possible overtime game at the Super Bowl!

The holding penalty was criticized to the point that «The Refs» was a top trend on Twitter.

The call comes just four days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the officiating is the best it has ever been.

Harrison Butker #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after kicking the field goal during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona.

Harrison Butker #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after kicking the field goal during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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«I don’t think I’ve ever been better in the league,» Goodell said at his annual Super Bowl week press conference. «There are over 42,000 plays in a season. Multiple fouls could occur on any given play. Take that away or extrapolate that. That’s hundreds, if not millions, of possible fouls. And our refs do an amazing job of spotting them.»

Goodell added that referees «aren’t perfect, and officiating will never be. Obviously, we’ve also had replays and other aspects that help us address those issues to make sure they’re not something we can’t correct on the field.» «

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the field before the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the field before the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 15, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

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The Chiefs won their third Super Bowl in franchise history, 38-35.

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