Chiefs crushed by controversial penalties in first half of Super Bowl
Many of the calls were controversial, particularly late in the half. The Buccaneers were able to score a touchdown in the final seconds of the half thanks in large part to a pair of key holding penalties, one worth 34 yards, and another one in the end zone. An earlier defensive hold also negated a Tyrann Mathieu interception. Many felt that the passes were uncatchable on two of the calls, and that Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans flopped to earn one of the flags.
NBC officiating expert Terry McAulay felt that the penalty calls were harsh when judged by the standard that had been used for the remainder of the season.
Many NFL players and analysts were also unsure about the calls.
The first half would have looked much different if not for the flags. If the Chiefs don’t come back to win, expect them to be a major talking point after the game.
It’s not the first time the Buccaneers have benefitted from a controversial pass interference call in these playoffs.
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