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James Bradberry makes major admission about controversial holding call

James Bradberry holds JuJu Smith-Schuster

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry made a surprising admission about his part in the controversial call that impacted the end of Super Bowl LVII.

Bradberry was called for holding on a key 3rd-and-8 with 1:54 left in the fourth quarter. Instead of an incomplete pass, the call gave the Chiefs an automatic first down, and allowed them to run down the clock almost all the way. Without the flag, the Eagles’ offense would have had nearly two full minutes to tie or win the game.

Many were furious with the call, but Bradberry admitted after the game that the flag had been correct.

“It was a holding. I tugged his jersey,” Bradberry said. “I was hoping they would let it slide.”

Bradberry’s penalty did not cost the Eagles the game, but it certainly limited their ability to come back. That is part of what made the call so controversial, with many arguing that it seemed like a soft penalty and something that should not have been decisive in such a big game.

It is possible that Bradberry thought he could get away with a hold because he appeared to do so earlier in the game. Unfortunately for him, he was not so lucky in this instance.

Patrick Mahomes answers whether Chiefs have a dynasty

Patrick Mahomes at a press conference

Feb 3, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes speaks with media during the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP Press Conference at Hilton Miami. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have been to three Super Bowls in the last four years and have now won two of them. They seem to be in the process of building a dynasty, but Patrick Mahomes isn’t ready to make that declaration yet.

Mahomes was asked in an interview with FOX’s Terry Bradshaw during the trophy presentation after his Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 on Sunday whether Kansas City was a dynasty.

“I’m not gonna say dynasty yet, we’re not done,” Mahomes said. “So I’m not gonna say dynasty yet.”

He’s right. The Chiefs are at the beginning of what appears to be a dynasty in the making. Reaching three Super Bowls in four seasons and winning two of them is what a dynasty looks like early on.

Mahomes is only 27 years old and has won two championships in five years as a starter. Almost every one of the franchise quarterbacks from the previous generation have retired, with Aaron Rodgers being the lone one to contemplate his future. That leaves Mahomes competing with the likes of Joe Burrow, Josh Allen and some of the other top quarterbacks in the years ahead.

Kansas City likely has many more years of success to continue building a dynasty.

Patrick Mahomes’ father took savage shot at Eagles after Super Bowl win

Pat Mahomes gives an interview on the field

The Mahomes family has officially added the Philadelphia Eagles to their list of victims.

The Kansas City Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes were the victors of this year’s Super Bowl, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles by a 38-35 final. They grinded out the win despite being down 24-14 at halftime and despite Mahomes aggravating his high-ankle sprain during the game (video here).

Few were happier about the win than Mahomes’ father, Pat Mahomes. The elder Mahomes was seen in a viral video after the game smoking a cigar. When asked about it, Pat responded with a savage swipe at the Eagles.

“It’s [the] Philly blunt this week!” said Pat of the cigar that he was smoking on. “The Philly blunt!”

Here is the video:

You wouldn’t know that the two-time NFL MVP Mahomes was battling an injury based on his stat line. He completed 21 of his 27 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Perhaps even more impressive, Mahomes rushed six times for 44 yards, including a massive 26-yard run for a first down on the Chiefs’ game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.

As for Mahomes’ father, these antics are nothing new. After the Chiefs took down the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game, Pat had some similar shade for Bengals QB Joe Burrow as well.

Andy Reid addresses big rumor after Super Bowl win

Andy Reid on the sideline

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid against the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid sparked some speculation about his future prior to Super Bowl LVII, but he seemingly put an end to that after the game.

Reid had said before the game that he had “a decision I have to make” after the game regarding his future as Chiefs coach. After the game, FOX’s Terry Bradshaw asked him if he was going to “ride off into the sunset,” and Reid’s response was clear.

“No,” Reid said with a laugh. “I’m going to enjoy this one right here. I’m going to tell you, this is unbelievable.”

Reid went even further in an interview with ESPN.

“Two is great, we’ll see if we can get another one,” Reid told Chris Berman, Steve Young and Booger McFarland on the network’s postgame show.

Reid turns 65 next month, so it is understandable he would at least briefly consider whether he wants to keep going. He does not seem to be slowing down, and with a quarterback in Patrick Mahomes just entering his prime, it is entirely possible this won’t be the Chiefs coach’s final shot at a championship.

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Video: Travis Kelce gives another fiery live interview after Chiefs win Super Bowl

Travis Kelce pointing at the camera

Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs get to puff their chests out once again.

The Chiefs rallied from a double-digit deficit at halftime to win Super Bowl LVII over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. After Kansas City scored TDs on three straight drives in the second half, kicker Harrison Butker hit a go-ahead 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds (albeit with help from a controversial holding call) to give Kansas City the 38-35 victory.

After the final whistle, the Chiefs tight end Kelce delivered another fiery live television moment. Kelce crashed teammate Patrick Mahomes’ interview and let out a feral scream.

“[Not] one of y’all said that the Chiefs were gonna take it home this year,” Kelce then said. “Not a single one. Feel that s–t? Feel that? And on top of that, next time the Chiefs say something, put some respect on our name.”

Take a look (with Kelce’s curse word being muted by the FOX broadcast):

Kelce led the Chiefs with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown as the team captured their second Super Bowl victory in the last four seasons. It was also an extra special win for Kelce, who was going up against his older brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, in the first brother-versus-brother matchup (as players) in Super Bowl history. The two shared a very cool moment together after the game as well.

FOX clearly did their homework here by having the broadcast on a few seconds delay. After Kansas City’s AFC title game win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Kelce gave another explosive interview that snuck past the censors.

NFL faces criticism over Super Bowl turf quality

Eagles shoe changes

The NFL was criticized in many circles over issues with the field turf during Super Bowl LVII, which had players slipping throughout the game.

The NFL had touted the grass turf that was used for Sunday’s game at State Farm Stadium as the best available. The league spent two years preparing the field at the cost of roughly $800,000, according to reports.

However good the grass looked, it performed poorly. Players were slipping throughout the first half, and the painted field seemed to be causing major issues for players trying to plant and cut. Eagles kicker Jake Elliott also visibly slipped on a kickoff in the second half.

In one instance, Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco nearly slipped while going into a touchdown celebration following his third quarter score.

The issue was obvious to the players, as Jalen Hurts was one of a few Eagles who actually changed their shoes after the first quarter, seemingly in response to the field conditions.

While there was no one singular moment where the field caused issues, the whole thing made the Super Bowl look a bit amateurish. That’s not a good look for the league in the biggest game of the season.

James Bradberry called for penalty that determines Super Bowl

James Bradberry holds JuJu Smith-Schuster

James Bradberry was called for a penalty late in the Super Bowl on Sunday that helped determine the outcome of the game.

The Kansas City Chiefs had a 3rd-and-8 at the Philadelphia 15 with the game tied at 35 and 1:54 left. Patrick Mahomes was set to throw a pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, but the ball went incomplete by several yards because Smith-Schuster had been held by Bradberry on his move.

Bradberry was called for a defensive holding penalty that gave the Chiefs a first down at the Philly 11.

Thanks to their new set of downs, the Chiefs were able to run down the clock. They forced the Eagles to use their final timeout, and then they set up for a field goal on 4th-and-8 with 11 seconds left.

Harrison Butker made the 27-yard field goal to give his Chiefs the 38-35 lead with eight seconds left, which stood as the final score.

Bradberry got away with a hold on Smith-Schuster earlier in the game, but he wasn’t as lucky this time. That penalty call decided what was a very close game at the end.

Eagles QB coach Brian Johnson expected to receive interest for OC jobs

Brian Johnson with the media

Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson is expected to have plenty of options after the Super Bowl.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Sunday that Johnson has received interest from the Baltimore Ravens regarding their offensive coordinator position.

Though he has interest from the Ravens, Johnson might not have to go anywhere.

Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen could end up being hired by the Indianapolis Colts for their head coach job. If that happens, that would leave the Eagles with a vacancy that Johnson could easily be promoted into.

Johnson, 35, was hired by Nick Sirianni last year as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, all his coaching experience came in college — at Utah, Mississippi State, Houston and Florida. Fans might best remember Johnson as the quarterback who replaced Alex Smith at Utah. Before long, Johnson could end up as Philly’s offensive coordinator.

Did NFL miss concussion check on Jalen Hurts?

Jalen Hurts reaching out his arm

Did the NFL miss a moment where Jalen Hurts should have been subjected to a concussion check? That’s what some people think.

Hurts’ Philadelphia Eagles had a 4th-and-5 at the Kansas City Chiefs’ 44-yard line in the second quarter of the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday. Hurts ran the ball on a quarterback draw, broke an ankle tackle, and then sprinted into the open field for a big gain. He got pushed out of bounds at the 16 after a gain of 28 yards.

What some noticed was how Hurts hit his head hard on the turf afterwards. Hurts then grabbed his helmet and asked for a hand getting up.

The NFL has spotters in the stadium who are supposed keep their eye out for things like that, but it doesn’t seem like Hurts was checked at any point.

The Eagles quarterback remained in the game and later scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, so he didn’t look like he lost a beat. Based on how he played thereafter, Hurts seemed to be fine.

Jalen Hurts switched cleats after first quarter of Super Bowl

Jalen Hurts cleats

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts made a subtle change between quarters of Super Bowl LVII that may or may not have impacted his performance.

Hurts wore Jordan 11 cleats in the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, but switched to a pair of Jordan 1s for the second quarter. The change appeared to come as a result of the field conditions.

FOX’s Terry Bradshaw mentioned at halftime that the playing surface was slick from being painted. FOX sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi said at least six Eagles players had changed their shoes during the first half because they were slipping on the turf.

Hurts had 18 rushing yards in the first quarter and 45 in the second quarter, so it is possible the cleats made a difference. It is a seemingly minor change that may have made an impact.