Fans were left frustrated at the end of the 'greatest ever' Super Bowl, as they felt a referee call denied them a special ending to the match.
Kansas City Chiefs won their second Super Bowl in just four years, after Patrick Mahomes inspired his team to an incredible second half comeback.
The quarterback picked up an injury at the end of the first half, after rolling his ankle, with his side 10 points behind going into the break.
However, the Chiefs scored every time they had the ball in the second half, to eventually take it by 38-35, thanks to a late field goal.
Fans were not happy though, with an extremely harsh holding call late in the game denying the Eagles one final chance to get back into the game.
"The opposite of an aphrodisiac. No one ruins a climax like an NFL referee," the Athletic's Richard Deitsch said on social media.
"Congrats to the referees! Super Bowl Champs," DAZN commentator Todd Grisham perhaps harshly added, forgetting how good the Chiefs had been.
Another fan posted, "Shame that final holding call tarnished what was arguably one of the best Super Bowls ever."
A forth summed it up saying, "It's not the Chiefs' fault that the refs made that laughable call, and they may have won anyway.
"Congrats to them. But what a poor way for an otherwise great game to end."
Even the NBA's all time top scorer LeBron James joined in the criticism, taking to Twitter to say, "Sorry but I don’t like that call! Not for the Super Bowl man!"
Refs ruined a classic #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/cUqdss1JL3— #RingerNFL (@ringernfl) February 13, 2023
And another wanted to see Eagles get another attack through Jalen Hurts, opining, "Such a great game ruined at the end by the refs/NFL at the very end to gift the Chiefs the win.
"Jalen Hurts was going to be the MVP, clearly outplayed any player in this game including Mahomes but the refs had to ruin it."
WWE superstar and college football commentator Pat McAfee showed his annoyance by simply saying, "These Refs."
And another commenter wrote, "The fact that the two best teams in the league were throwing haymakers at each other for 58 minutes only for the refs to basically decide the game is really a tragedy.
"No professional sports season should end like this."
The refs certainly couldn't ruin everything though, as well as it being a fantastic match, Rihanna also put on a brilliant halftime show.
It was her first performance in over six years and fans were impressed that she didn't need any guests or gimmicks to make it incredible.
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