Eagles Corner Admits Fault On Controversial Super Bowl Penalty

The Eagles corner said his holding penalty was legit


Feb 12, 2023

James Bradberry’s back-breaking defensive holding penalty in the final minutes of Super Bowl LVII triggered a wave of complaints from around the NFL world — but none from Bradberry himself.

Speaking with reporters at State Farm Stadium after the Philadelphia Eagles’ 38-35 loss to the Chiefs, Bradberry admitted he did hold Kansas City wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on the play in question.

“It was holding,” the Eagles cornerback said, via The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin. “I tugged on the jersey.”

Bradberry’s penalty wiped out a third-down incompletion and extended what proved to be the game-winning drive for Kansas City. The Chiefs were in field-goal range regardless, but the flag allowed them to drain nearly all of the remaining time off the clock before sending Harrison Butker onto the field for the deciding 27-yard kick.

Had the incompletion to Smith-Schuster stood, the Eagles likely would have gotten the ball back down three with about 1:40 remaining.

It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise stellar season for Bradberry, who was cut by the New York Giants last offseason and immediately made second-team All-Pro in his first year in Philadelphia. The 29-year-old ranked third in the NFL with 17 passes defended during the regular season and will be one of the top cornerbacks available when free agency opens March 15.

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry
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