Eagles’ James Bradberry admits late-debated penalty: ‘It was a hold’

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With just under two minutes to go, the Kansas City Chiefs earned an automatic first down after a defensive call against James Bradberry on third and eighth.

Instead of the Philadelphia Eagles getting the ball with about 1:50 to go and a timeout, the Chiefs wasted more time and kicked the Super Bowl-winning field goal with eight seconds remaining.

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Soccer Football – NFL – Super Bowl LVII – Kansas City Chiefs v Philadelphia Eagles – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, United States – February 12, 2023 Kansas City Chiefs’ Isiah Pacheco in action with Philadelphia Eagles’ Marcus Epps, CJ Gardner-Johnson and james bradberry (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

The defensive hold call drew a lot of criticism on social media, given the timing of the penalty when it likely could have been overturned.

However, despite the negative reactions on Twitter, the Eagles cornerback admitted that the refs made the right call.

«It was a wait. I yanked on his jersey. I was hoping they’d let him through,» he said after Super Bowl LVII.

Head coach Nick Sirianni said there were too many other variables throughout the game to blame a single callout for the loss.

«It always seems to be a call… That’s not what it is. So many teams contribute to the outcome of the game. Today they were better,» he said.

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.

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)

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Pat McAfee, a former NFL punter and podcast host, said the refs should have blew their whistles.

«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!

Elevated view of the LVII logo painted on the field prior to Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona.

Elevated view of the LVII logo painted on the field prior to Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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The Chiefs won their third Super Bowl in franchise history, and their second since the 2019 season, with a final score of 38-35.

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