Arryn Siposs' 'horrible' moment as Aussie savaged over Super Bowl gaffe

The Aussie punter suffered a nightmare moment for the Philadelphia Eagles in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Arryn Siposs, pictured here in a nightmare moment for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
Arryn Siposs had a nightmare moment for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. Image: Getty/NFL

Aussie punter Arryn Siposs endured a nightmare moment late in the Super Bowl as the Kansas City Chiefs turned the tide to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. Siposs and Eagles teammate Jordan Mailata made NFL history on Sunday (Monday AEDT), becoming the first pair of Aussie players to feature in the same Super Bowl.

However Siposs suffered a horror mishap in the fourth quarter as the Chiefs erased a half-time deficit to stamp their authority on the game and eventually win. With the Eagles trailing 28-27 in the final quarter, Siposs was called upon to punt his side out of trouble.

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However his low line-drive effort gave Kadarius Toney way too much time before the Eagles chasers got to him, with the Chiefs returner producing an incredible 65-yard punt return - the longest in Super Bowl history. Skyy Moore then scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to extend the Chiefs' lead to 35-27.

The Eagles managed to level things up at 35-35 not long after, but fans were quick to call out Siposs after his brutal punt led to Toney's huge return. The Aussie's effort was described as 'horrible' and 'awful' on social media, with his punt appearing to wrong-foot his teammates.

The Chiefs kicked a field goal with 11 seconds remaining to secure a 38-35 victory. Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes overcame a brutal ankle injury in the first half to guide his side to a remarkable triumph.

As for Mailata, he wasted little time in making his presence felt in the game. The Aussie was at his aggressive best early in the contest, producing an enormous block that saw Jalen Hurts stroll through a huge hole in the Kansas City Chiefs' defence for the Eagles' first touchdown.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs player was all over the Chiefs' defence as he produced a number of openings for Hurts and the Eagles' running backs. Mailata's blocking is central to the Eagles' recurring theme of calling 'quarterback sneaks' - where Hurts keeps the ball and runs it himself instead of passing.

“The tendency of this Philadelphia team and with how many quarterback sneaks have we seen them run, Jason Kelce the all-everything centre, rugby style scrum and get underneath. You have to think from the half-yard line, it’s got to be up the top of the call sheet,” Greg Olsen said in commentary for Fox Sports.

Mailata has become one of the NFL's top left tackles - a key role where he protects quarterback Hurts. Siposs produced the goods in his only other punt in the game, unleashing a 57-yard effort in the first half as the Eagles went to half-time ahead 24-14.

However it wasn't long before the Chiefs hit back after the break, with an Isiah Pacheco touchdown narrowing the margin before Kansas City claimed the lead early in the fourth quarter. Siposs is a former AFL player who was formerly with the St Kilda Saints.

The Eagles activated the Aussie punter from the injured reserve before the game, making him eligible for the contest in Phoenix. The 30-year-old had been out of action since injuring his ankle on December 12 against the New York Giants.

Arryn Siposs, pictured here in action for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
Arryn Siposs in action for the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Aussies make incredible history in Super Bowl

Siposs and Mailata were bidding to become the first Aussies to play an on-field role in a winning Super Bowl. However their dreams were shattered as Mahomes and the Chiefs staged an incredible comeback on Sunday.

Jesse Williams won a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, but he was an injured reserve and never made his NFL debut. Ben Graham was the first Australian to make the Super Bowl in Arizona's loss in 2009, while Mitch Wishnowsky was in the San Francisco 49ers side that went down in 2020.

Adding to the Australian connection, Matt Leo is in the Eagles' practice squad. Siposs played 28 games in the AFL for St Kilda from 2011 to 2014, but was hampered by injuries and never made his mark. He tried American football in 2017 and joined the Eagles two years ago.

As for Mailata, the 203cm, 166kg beast abandoned his attempts to make it in the NRL five years ago and decided to try his luck in America instead. He knew nothing about the game at the time, but the Eagles saw his vast potential and drafted him only a few months after Mailata landed in the United States.

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