Tom Brady almost threw an interception in Super Bowl LV, but a penalty flag reversed it.
And the replay showed that Brady got the benefit of what looked like a pretty soft holding call.
Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward was defending Mike Evans on the outside, and Ward got his hands on Evans. Ward was called for a holding, though it was nowhere near an obvious penalty. It was a huge call, because Tyrann Mathieu caught an interception on a batted pass. The Buccaneers kept possession due to the holding penalty.
The Chiefs were hit with a defensive holding call on this play that negated an interception. pic.twitter.com/LRlm5KOwy9
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Then a few plays later, the Chiefs gave the Buccaneers a real gift. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton lined up offsides on a Buccaneers field-goal attempt. It was on fourth-and-5, and the yardage from the penalty gave the Buccaneers a first down. Right after that, Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead.
Instead of getting a turnover, or at least holding Tampa Bay to a field goal, a pair of penalties led to a touchdown and put the Chiefs in a bigger hole.
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