James Bradberry had a shocking take on his late penalty that helped the Chiefs beat his Eagles in Super Bowl LVII Jan 21, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24) reacts in the first half against the New York Giants during an NFC divisional round game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Football fans were furious in the final minutes of Super Bowl LVII, when Philadelphia Eagles defensive back James Bradberry was called for holding. The penalty gave the Kansas City Chiefs a first down and allowed them to run nearly all of the clock out before kicking the eventual game-winning field goal. It was a controversial penalty but according to one unlikely source, the right one.

After the game, Bradberry was asked about the penalty. He was refreshingly honest.

“I pulled on his jersey,” Bradberry said, per Josina Anderson, CBS. “They called it. I was hoping they would let it ride.”

The reaction to Bradberry’s comments was divided.

He received a lot of praise for acknowledging his penalty and not using the referees as an excuse. Other fans, though, remained frustrated. The feeling there was that even if it was the correct call, that the application of it was so rare throughout the game that it shouldn’t have been called in that spot.

It’s also worth noting that even if the flag hadn’t been thrown, the Chiefs still would have been well positioned to win. Harrison Butker missed a kick earlier but from a longer distance. So, assuming he would have made his kick, Kansas City still would have led with less than two minutes remaining. Still, the penalty being called definitely helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl.

[Josina Anderson on Twitter]

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