The Kansas City Chiefs are Super Bowl champions for the second time in four years, surviving a dominant Philadelphia Eagles first half to surge ahead in an exhilarating second half.
Like many watching the game, The Sports Junkies honed in on the pivotal defensive holding call against James Bradberry that wiped out a third-and-8 to give the Chiefs a fresh set of downs late in the fourth quarter, essentially clinching the game for Kansas City.
Minutes later a 27-yards Harrison Butker field goal gave the Chiefs the decisive 38-35 edge that ultimately left the Eagles with only eight seconds remaining on the clock.
"The Chiefs win the second half of that game 24-11," John-Paul Flaim recapped Monday morning on The Sports Junkies. "They don't get stopped in the second half. But a lot of people are gonna focus on the James Bradberry hold, which, he admitted after the game that he held him. He was hoping the referees would let it slide."
"I was hoping the referees would let it slide," Flaim said. "I said this when the Chiefs beat the Bengals, I don't like when games end in that way. Now, the Chiefs could have very well still won the game. If they don't call that, they hit a field goal, 38-35, but then you have a minute and 48 with the Eagles with the ball and you have just a lot more drama."
EB: It's probably going to overtime.
Cakes: I think the call came in at an inopportune time, but I would counter it by saying: Eagles, how about you sack Patrick Mahomes? Or how about you get a stop on defense at some point? It would have changed the outcome of the game.
Bish: How about don't get outscored 24-11 in the second half when you were kind of dominating in the first half. And you've got this great edge rusher in Haason Reddick who was just invisible the entire game, to me. The secondary couldn't figure out where the receivers were in the second half of the Chiefs. Andy Reid made some great adjustments and outcoached Jonathan Gannon and Sirianni in the second half. Those guys were WIDE OPEN.
EB: They did an unbelievable job of scheming those guys open, just right off the line of scrimmage, all that pre-snap motion and then cutting back.
Cakes: Philly couldn't defend it. They ran the same play on them twice, on the touchdown to Toney and the touchdown to Skyy Moore.