Former New York Giants Kadarius Toney and James Bradberry were key figures on Sunday night as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35, in the 2023 Super Bowl on Sunday night.
A Bradberry holding penalty on a third-and-8 pass intended for Juju Smith-Schuster with 1:54 remaining gave the Chiefs a first and goal and allowed them to run the clock down to the final seconds before Harrison Butker made the Super Bowl-winning 27-yard field goal :08 left.
Bradberry was a second-team All-Pro for the Eagles in 2022 after being let go by the Giants in a salary cap move.
You be the judge of whether Bradberry should have been penalized on this play.
Penalty or not? pic.twitter.com/PGGvzld9vB— MLFootball (@_MLFootball) February 13, 2023
Bradberry said in the post-game that the call was correct.
James Bradberry takes accountability for his controversial penalty. “It was a holding. I tugged on the jersey.” pic.twitter.com/YqT7wsAzMY— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) February 13, 2023
Toney had a tumultuous tenure with the Giants that saw him play in just 12 of 24 possible games. The Giants traded the 2021 first-round pick to the Chiefs at midseason for third- and sixth-round draft picks.
Toney contributed Sunday with two huge plays in the fourth quarter with a touchdown catch and the longest punt return in Super Bowl history that helped put the Chiefs in position to win the title.
Helping to make sure the Eagles did not win the Super Bowl, and having the Empire State Building lit up in green — again — is probably the best thing Toney has done for the Giants since they made him the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
THE @Chiefs ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/eorL54WJtG— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) February 13, 2023
Toney caught this 3-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to tie the score with 12:08 remaining in the game. The extra point gave the Chiefs a 28-27 lead.
What an amazing play-design by Andy Reid.— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 13, 2023
WIDE-OPEN easy touchdown.pic.twitter.com/HcmZDXnfIn
Toney followed that up with a 65-yard punt return, the longest in Super Bowl history. That put Kansas City at the Eagles’ 5-yard line and set up a 4-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Skyy Moore. That put Kansas City ahead 35-27 with 9:26 to play.
Kadarius Toney with a massive punt return. 65-yards to the 5-yard line!— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 13, 2023
The former #Giants 1st round pick had a touchdown earlier too.pic.twitter.com/l255p4yOI0
Toney’s punt return broke the previous record held by Jordan Norwood of the Denver Broncos, who ripped off a 61-yard punt return for the Broncos in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers.
Toney got out of this.— NFL (@NFL) February 13, 2023
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The Eagles did tie the score after the Toney punt return helped Kansas City go ahead by eight points. Some Mahomes magic, and Bradberry’s untimely penalty, helped the Chiefs become champions.