As the football season comes to an end, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs prepare themselves to go head to head at Super Bowl LVII which kicks off Sunday, Feb. 12, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game while the Kansas City Chiefs fought a hard game against the Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC Championship.
The road to the Super Bowl was a ride for both teams. On Jan. 29, the Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals in a close game at Arrowhead Stadium. Before the game, Bengals fans and players were talking up a big game and a large joke that was made was “Burrowhead Stadium.” When the Chiefs pulled out the win 23-20 with a final kick from Harrison Butker the stadium went wild. In an interview with Mahomes after the game was crashed by an elated Travis Kelce who said, “Burrowhead my a**, this is Mahomes house,” stirring up lots of fans on the internet. While the game was not what was expected, it helped show that the Chiefs don’t back down from a hard fight.
As for the Philadelphia Eagles, their NFC Championship game went a little more in their favor. With a blowout of 31-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the Eagles showed the rest of the NFL what it was made of. Scoring 21 of the 31 points before halftime and continuing momentum into the second half for the final score. The matchup between quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Brock Purdy made NFC history as the youngest quarterback matchup in conference championship history. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott helped secure the lead for the Eagles after Christian McCaffey’s touchdown for the 49ers. Dominating the game from the start, the 49ers held no chance against the Eagles for the NFC Championship title.
The matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs is special in particular for one family: The Kelce family. Jason Kelce, a center for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, are going up against each other this month. This is unique as they are the first set of brothers to play against each other in Super Bowl history. Fans are dubbing the game the “Kelce Bowl” which makes the Kelce brothers even more excited. Travis said in an interview after the Chiefs win on Jan. 29, “My mom can’t lose. I’ll just leave it at that. It’s going to be an amazing feeling playing against him.”
Predictions for this game are more split than we have seen for Super Bowl’s in the past. The Chiefs have key players such as quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, defensive tackle Chris Jones and a slew of rookies who have proved themselves in recent games. While on the other end, the Eagles have quarterback Jalen Hurts, center Jason Kelce, wide receiver A.J. Brown and a record that is proving their strength in the season.
While the match up seems pretty similar, both teams being No.1 seeds with 14-3 records, in the Wednesday report on injuries the Chiefs have more players on rest or limited participation. While injuries can improve and change lineup status on a whim, this raises the question on if the team is fully ready to participate in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
While I believe that the game will be a good one to watch, and personally as a Chiefs fan, I do think that the Eagles will pull through for a Super Bowl LVII win this year. My prediction for the score is Eagles 31 - Chiefs 27, though hopefully the Chiefs can get another Super Bowl win and prove to all the doubters of their status in the NFL.