Super Bowl LVII had all the makings to be one of the greatest Super Bowls in recent years. The game would see the two No. 1 seeds in the league facing off against one another as the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles took to the field to fight it out for the title of Super Bowl Champions.
From the moment the game began, it was clear both teams were going to give it their all. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts each put up incredible performances and stats, helping to lead their team to some amazing scoring drives across the game.
While the Eagles led for most of the game, the Chiefs began to stage a comeback in the second half of the game. After taking their first lead of the game in the third quarter, the Chiefs began to build upon their lead before the Eagles tied things up 35-35 late in the fourth quarter.
The Chiefs would end up kicking a game-winning field goal that gave would give them the win, but it was how they were set up for that field goal that created a wave of controversy among fans of the game.
While on a third down on the Philadelphia 15-yard line, Mahomes threw what would become an incomplete pass to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. It looked like the Chiefs would kick their field goal, giving the Eagles just under two minutes to stage a comeback of their own. However, the refs would end up throwing a flag for holding that gave them a first down, and altered the fate of the game.
Holding call Super Bowl memes: Eagles vs Chiefs
After the holding call, the Chiefs were able to run down the clock before kicking a field goal that would end up winning them the game. While it’s impossible to know what could have happened if that flag had not been thrown, NFL fans have been fast to react leading to a wave of holding call Super Bowl memes and reactions hitting social media.
Immediately, the NFL came under fire for the refs’ officiating with many blaming the refs for giving the game away to the Chiefs and costing the Eagles the chance for a fair shake.
Many others were quick to poke fun at the rumors of the game being scripted as an explanation for the polarizing call that has gotten fans talking online.
Others simply could not help but roast the league officials a bit and turn to humor in the moment.
While some made light of the controversy, others made it clear they felt the refs had given the game to the Chiefs.
For other fans, the call was yet another example of poor officiating in the biggest game of the year resulting in flags that proved to be incredibly costly to the losing team.