Julian Edelman on overturned punt play: 'I didn't think I was that close'

Ryan Hannable
January 21, 2019 - 1:06 am

KANSAS CITY -- In a game full of twists and turns and unbelievable plays, Julian Edelman's near muffed punt was one of the biggest.

With 8:47 left, the Patriots were leading by three and just forced a Chiefs punt, but the ball bounced in front of Edelman and instead of getting out of the way, he seemed to want to try and scoop the ball up. As it got closer, he got out of the way at the very last second, but it came very close to him and Kansas City alertly picked up the ball. 

The ruling on the field was that he touched it and it was Kansas City ball, which would have put them in business to take the lead and all of the momentum, but the play was overturned and ruled he never touched the ball, so the Patriots kept possession.

"I didn't think I was that close," he said after the game. "Thank God. It took a short hop on me and I don't play baseball. I didn't touch it. It was close, though. I guess."

Edelman finished the game with seven catches on 10 targets for 96 yards, including two huge third-and-10 conversions in overtime. The Patriots are now 10-1 all-time in the postseason when he has at least 55 receiving yards.

The Patriots will now play in their third Super Bowl, which is even more special to Edelman considering he didn't play last year since he was out with a torn ACL.

"I didn't get to go last year, so this is pretty awesome," he said. "It has been a crazy year. We are going to play an unbelievable opponent with LA. We just beat a really good football team. We knew it was going to go down to 60 minutes. A tough team. You have to tip your cap to Kansas City. This place was electric. We have one more game. It is going to start with unbelievable prep against a tea, that we don't know. I look forward to it."

Edelman now has at least 87 receiving yards in five straight playoff games.

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