Why Zach Ertz’ key TD catch against the Patriots’ stood, but Jesse James’ didn’t

Ertz had “become a runner.” James hadn’t.

On a critical third down in the final minutes of the Super Bowl, a slanting Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught a pass from Nick Foles’ at the Patriots 5-yard line. Ertz stepped around a tackler and lunged for the end zone. When Ertz’s hands hit the ground, the ball popped lose and flew up into the air. That’s been a problem for some receivers playing the Patriots this year, but it wasn’t for Ertz on this play.

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