Super Bowl LVII

The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles played in Super Bowl 57 in Scottsdale Arizona on Sunday, February 12.


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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.

The two sides headed to Scottsdale, Arizona on a very level playing field. Not only did both teams finish tied for first in the league at the end of the regular season, but they even scored the exact same amount of points.

Philly came into the game slight favorites according to Las Vegas with a spread of -1.5, however, the game was really a pick ’em with 67% of bets being on the Chiefs.

As their records would suggest, the two teams started the game evenly, trading touchdowns in their respective first possessions.

Following the opening kickoff the Eagles drove the ball down the field and scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown for quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts scoring on the ground would become a theme throughout the game.

The Chiefs got the ball back and scored even quicker with a 6-play drive capped off by a beautiful 18-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes to his trusty tight end Travis Kelce.

After the teams traded blows to start the game, the Eagles began to take control. Chiefs’ kicker Harrison Butker bounced a 42-yard field goal attempt off the left upright that would open the door to the Eagles offense.

Immediately at the beginning of the second quarter, Hurts threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to his top receiver, A.J. Brown. This would kick off Philly’s best quarter of the game.

Going into halftime the Eagles expanded their lead to 10 behind another running touchdown for Hurts and a field goal for Eagles’ kicker Jake Elliot as time in the half expired. 

The Eagles’ lead was only restrained by a Hurts fumble that was returned by Chiefs’ linebacker Nick Bolton for a touchdown. The Eagles defense, however, absolutely dominated the Chiefs offense in the first half.

Just before halftime, Chiefs MVP quarterback Mahomes would go down with an injury to his already previously injured leg.

The Eagles lead 24-14 at the half.

To start the second half, the Chiefs drove down and scored a 1-yard running touchdown with budding star running back, Isiah Pacheco.

On the drive, however, Mahomes was noticeably not moving well and favoring his injured leg. This was especially noticeable on a 14-yard run where he came up limping.

Eagles’ Elliot added another field goal to extend the Eagles’ lead once again, this time to 6. 

The score was 27-21 at the end of the third quarter.

The Chiefs’ midseason acquisition, wide receiver Kadarius Toney’s, caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to give the Chiefs their first lead of the night: 28-27.

Toney would follow this with possibly the biggest play of the game: a 65-yard punt return down to the Eagles’ five-yard line. This set up another Mahomes touchdown pass, this time to Skyy Moore, giving the Chiefs an 8-point lead.

Hurts continued his fantastic performance with another impressive drive, finishing with yet another running touchdown. Hurts would also run for the crucial 2 point conversion to tie the game at 35 with just over 5 minutes left.

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This is the point is when things got controversial. 

Mahomes led another superman-like drive on his injured leg, bringing the Chiefs down to the redzone.

Everything pointed to the Chiefs offense maintaining their second-half dominance and getting the winning score with no time left for the Eagles to come back.

The Eagles defense managed to stop the unstoppable Chiefs offense, though, and seemingly gave Hurts and the Eagles offense one last chance at victory. 

The referees, however, made an incredibly controversial holding call on Eagles cornerback James Bradberry. Bradberry, who was in coverage on Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, admitted after the game that he held Smith-Schuster on the play.

The call was controversial due to the fact that it appeared to be a very routine play that would normally not get called, let alone in the final moments of the biggest game of the year.

This holding call gave the Chiefs the ball inside the 10 with little time left, and the Eagles had no timeouts. The Chiefs ran the clock almost all the way down and set up a game-winning field goal opportunity.

Kicker Butker gave the Chiefs the lead 38-35 on a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining, having redeemed himself for his earlier miss from 42.

Hurts’ heroic efforts for the Eagles could only carry so far, as his last-second hail mary attempt fell short and the clock hit zero, giving the Chiefs their second Super Bowl in four years.

In the first Super Bowl between two black quarterbacks, the two QBs shined. 

Hurts had over 300 passing yards and four total touchdowns while Mahomes had 3 passing touchdowns and no interceptions on an injured leg.

Mahomes took home the Super Bowl MVP trophy in addition to his regular season MVP and added to his already legendary legacy.