It was the call heard round the world. And apparently, it may have been the correct one all along.
With just under two minutes remaining in a tie game and the Chiefs facing a 3rd and 8 from the Eagles’ 15-yard line, Philly desperately needed a stop in order to have a reasonable chance at pulling off a victory at Super Bowl 57.
And it appeared as though they had gotten that much needed top… until a yellow penalty flag made it’s way onto the field.
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Eagles cornerback James Bradberry was called for defensive holding on Chiefs wideout Juju Smith-Schuster, and the entire world immediately went off over the questionable call.
No one wanted to see the Super Bowl end on a controversial penalty, but based on a recent photo that has surfaced on Twitter, the officials may have gotten the call right after all.
While many have been concentrating on Bradberry’s left hand that appears around Smith-Schuster’s waist as they make their way up the field, this photo shows that it was actually the right hand of the Eagles corner that was grabbing a fist-full of Juju’s jersey as be began to break outside on his route.
This clearly proves that there was holding on the play. Now, whether or not they should have called it at this point in the game or just continued to “allow the teams to play” — which they had done throughout the entire game up to that point — is up for debate.
Most fans will still probably say that they would have preferred to see the refs let this one go, as it took away from what was shaping up to be an epic ending to one of the all-time great Super Bowls.
Chiefs fans, on the other hand, are just glad that the officials got it right for once.
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