After 17 regular season games and two playoff wins each, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off on Sunday, February 12, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, in Super Bowl 57.
It will be a wonderful occasion – Rihanna should make the half-time show memorable – between the two No. 1 seeds and the best teams in their respective conferences. Those with their Super Bowl 57 tickets, their parking passes (CANNOT forget these), and even those who have splashed out for a hospitality package are in for a real treat.
Here is a look at how Super Bowl 57 will go down.
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Mahomes vs. Hurts
There are several storylines surrounding this Super Bowl. Eagles’ franchise building head coach Andy Reid taking on Philadelphia with the Chiefs is a major one, but the focus will be on the battle between the two quarterbacks.
Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts battled injuries to get to the NFL showpiece event. Mahomes willed the Chiefs to a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game, while Hurts has a nagging shoulder issue. They are young, exciting players, and the hope is that the extra week of rest between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl will allow both to get healthy.
It will be a historic first for the NFL as two black quarterbacks will face off in the Super Bowl. This comes 35 years after Doug Williams became the first Black quarterback to start a Super Bowl, leading Washington to a 42-10 rout over Denver. Mahomes and Hurts are both students of the game. The significance of this matchup will not be lost on either of them.
The winning quarterback will also have an inside track to being the game’s MVP. Quarterbacks have won that award in ten of the last 15 Super Bowls. Given how Mahomes and Hurts play the game – their ability to pass or run to make plays – it is hard to see anyone other than those two getting an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland.
One player to watch for as a difference maker is Chiefs’ defensive lineman Chris Jones. Jones is listed as a defensive tackle, but he will play all over the line based on matchups. He was a wrecking ball against the Bengals, always in the face of quarterback Joe Burrow. How the Eagles’ offensive line deals with the unique threat of Jones will go a long way toward the final destination of the Lombardi Trophy in 2023.
My initial lean is with the Chiefs is Mahomes is even 80% healthy. The injury report for the next couple of weeks will be massive, especially with how thin the Chiefs’ were at wide receiver coming out of the Bengals’ game. The Eagles have cruised to this point. Sure, the San Francisco 49ers were down to a quarterback unable to throw the ball. That takes away from how clinical the Eagles were. Their lines are outstanding, and they know how to exploit every matchup advantage they have.
This one will be fascinating.