It was a really unlucky night for the Philadelphia Eagles who lost the Super Bowl by a mere three points!
The Eagles started the game strong with a touchdown in the first quarter. In the second quarter, they were up 17 points for a brief moment and were leading 24-14 as they went into the second half of the game. Philly was playing a one-dimensional game because they couldn’t get their fearsome running game going. All the running backs combined had 45 yards on 17 carries. The top 3 ranked defense couldn’t lay a finger on Patrick Mahomes during the entire 60 minutes, which played in the favor of the Chiefs.
This game would’ve also gone into overtime just like Super Bowl LI, but the Chiefs were given a crucial first down by the refs on an unnecessary call as per fans. Everyone present on the field and at home watching the game on their device lost their mind when the refs flagged the play and accused the league of favoring Mahomes and the Chiefs to win the championship.
The most controversial call of the evening came in the fourth quarter of the game with 1:54 minutes left on the game clock. Kansas City was on third down at the Eagles’ 15-yard line and Mahomes overthrew the ball to wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster, resulting in an incompletion. However, quite luckily for the Chiefs, a flag was thrown on the play as the Eagles’ cornerback James Bradberry was given a holding penalty on Smith-Schuster. This gave KC a fresh set of downs and they drained the game clock and handed the ball to Philly with six seconds left on the clock.
While fans broke their TV sets and hurled expletives at the league and the refs for the continuous bad officiating, the Eagles showed poise and said that one play doesn’t make or break the break. Bradyberry was called a ‘True Man’ by the Internet as he owned his penalty and admitted ‘I tugged his jersey’. The entire Eagles roster was of the same opinion and said so during the post-game interview when asked about the holding penalty.
Eagles center Jason Kelce said, “I’m never gonna be somebody that puts a blame or anything on officials. It’s a hard job. I don’t think it ended up being an advantage either way”. Even quarterback Jalen Hurts said that he is big on self-reflection and on the things, he could’ve done better to win the game for his team. Linebacker Hassas Reddick also talked about the quality of grass that was used during the Super Bowl, where kickers from both sides slipped while attempting an extra point.
Not a single player on Philadelphia’s roster gave any excuse for losing the Super Bowl, despite there being more than a few. This shows that the team comprises great leaders and in the coming years, they will definitely get what they are owed and win the Super Bowl. The league should look into these issues because there was a lot of mix-up in the game and has been during the entire season.
Yash Karandekar is an NFL author at FirstSportz. He fell in love with the sport since his early days and has been an ardent follower ever since. He is a proud Buffalo Bills fan when he isn't busy being totally amazed by everything Tom Brady does. A final year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering, he is eagerly waiting for Brady to claim his 8th Super Bowl and further cement his legacy. Yash loves watching reruns of previous Super Bowls in addition to watching thriller movies and series and is a total history nerd.
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