PatsFans.com Menu
PatsFans.com - The Hub For New England Patriots Fans

New England Patriots > Patriots Blog

Patriots React To Late, Costly Eagles Holding Call In Super Bowl

Robert Alvarez
Robert Alvarez on Twitter
February 13, 2023 at 2:09 pm ET

Patriots React To Late, Costly Eagles Holding Call In Super Bowl(PHOTO: Steve Balestrieri - PatsFans.com)

🕑 Read Time: 2 minutes

For most of Super Bowl LVII, it was a classic and entertaining back-and-forth affair. However, with just under two minutes to go in the game, opinions shifted following a questionable holding call on Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry.

On third down with 1:54 remaining and the game tied at 35, Bradberry was flagged for a hold on Kanas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, enabling a new set of downs and the ability to drain the clock for a Harrison Butker last-second game-winning field goal and a 38-35 win.

Had the call not been made, the Eagles would have had an opportunity for one final drive to either tie or win the game with almost a minute on the clock.

A few current and former Patriots shared their reactions to the call on Twitter.

During a postgame presser with the media, Bradberry acknowledged the hold was correct.  

“It was a holding. I tugged (Smith-Schuster) jersey. I was hoping they would let it slide.”

In a pool report interview with the lead referee Carl Cheffers, he stated there was “a clear case of a jersey grab that caused restriction.” ⁦

Before the Bradberry hold, zero defensive holdings were called by Cheffer’s crew during the game, stemming another argument over the inconsistencies with NFL officiating this season and right on the heels of Commissioner Roger Goodell saying just a few days earlier, “I don’t think it’s ever been better”. 

Despite the questionable ending, the Philly defense struggled the entire second half, allowing the Chiefs to score points on all four possessions and registering no sacks on MVP Patrick Mahomes all night. 

Unfortunately, all outside Kansas City will likely remember an otherwise great Super Bowl ending in the most anti-climactic way possible. 

READ NEXT:
ICYMI VIDEO: Matthew Judon Mic’d Up During Pro Bowl Week

Tags: Adrian Phillips Davon Godchaux Dont'a Hightower Drew Bledsoe Ja'Whaun Bentley James White Julian Edelman Matt Chatham Ronnie Perkins

  • Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    0 Comments
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments

  • More Patriots News Headlines:

    MORSE: Patriots Draft Needs and Draft Related Info

    MORSE: Patriots Draft Needs and Draft Related Info

    By: Mark Morse
    It has been well documented that the Patriots need a QB, a game changing Wide Receiver or two, and a starting Left Tackle.  But a…
    2 days ago
    Friday Patriots Notebook 4/19: News and Notes

    Friday Patriots Notebook 4/19: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    After seeing fellow receiver DeVonta Smith receive a three-year extension from the club, Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown made some noise on Thursday to seemingly…
    2 days ago
    TRANSCRIPT: Eliot Wolf’s Pre-Draft Press Conference 4/18/24

    TRANSCRIPT: Eliot Wolf’s Pre-Draft Press Conference 4/18/24

    By: Ian Logue
    Good morning, everyone.  Wanted to thank you all for coming.  It's been a while since we last had some time together.  Also wanted to thank…
    3 days ago
    Thursday Patriots Notebook 4/18: News and Notes

    Thursday Patriots Notebook 4/18: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    Bill Belichick may not be working for the Patriots next week, but he'll still be putting in the hours when things kick off in Detroit…
    3 days ago
    Wednesday Patriots Notebook 4/17: News and Notes

    Wednesday Patriots Notebook 4/17: News and Notes

    By: Ian Logue
    ESPN published an interesting article on Wednesday, with Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham, and Jeremy Fowler putting together a long-form story on Bill Belichick's…
    4 days ago

    Share via
    Copy link
    Powered by Social Snap
    Search For Links: - CLOSE
    For searches with multiple players
    add commas (Ex: "Bill Belichick, Devin McCourty")