Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LVII against Philadelphia Eagles

Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl LVII against Philadelphia Eagles

Brennan Schmitz, Asst. Sports Editor

In Super Bowl LVII, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to claim their second Super Bowl title in just four years after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in a matchup for the ages.

The Eagles received the ball first, quickly driving down the field. They capped the drive off with a touchdown by Jalen Hurts on a QB sneak they had been using to bully teams all season, and the Chiefs were no exception.

The Chiefs made the most with their first offensive possession as well, scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce.

The Eagles were able to mostly control the game for the rest of the half, scoring 17 points in the second quarter, thanks to incredible efforts by wide receivers AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith. They headed into the locker room for halftime with a 10-point lead and a score of 24-14.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs came out on fire to start the second half, beginning with an offensive possession. Mahomes used his improvisational skills to help his team march down the field, and they finished the drive with a touchdown by rookie running back Isiah Pacheco.

The Chiefs’ defense stepped up and held Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offense to just a field goal on the next drive.

The third quarter ended during a strong drive by the Chiefs, giving both teams a quick break before a tough, gritty fourth quarter.

The final quarter opened up with multiple clutch catches by Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to move them down the field. They completed the drive with a touchdown connection from Mahomes to a wide-open Kadarius Toney for the Chiefs’ first lead of the night.

The next drive was an offensive nightmare for the Eagles, and they were forced to punt. A few missed tackles by the Eagles’ punt team allowed Kadarius Toney to make a return of 65 yards, the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.

Toney’s historic return put the Chiefs in prime position to increase their lead. Mahomes was able to connect with wide receiver Skyy Moore to make the score 35-27.

With less than 10 minutes left in the game, the Eagles would need to score on their next drive if they had any hope of winning, and they did just that. With a quick slant completion on third down to AJ Brown and a deep bomb to DeVonta Smith, they found themselves inside the enemy five-yard-line.

Hurts ran it in on a QB sneak for the touchdown to make the score 35-33. Hurts also fought to get into the endzone on a designed QB-run play to tie the game with the two-point conversion.

The next drive in the crucial final minutes of the game looked all too familiar to the Eagles’ defense, as the Chiefs were once again driving down the field. 

Just when the Eagles thought they forced an incompletion on third down to force a field goal and give their offense time to score, a flag came down on the field. The Eagles were called for defensive holding, giving the Chiefs a first down and allowing them to chew the clock before kicking a game-winning field goal.

With a score of 38-35, the Eagles had enough time to run just one play. They threw a hail mary, but Hurts was unable to connect with a receiver, ending the game in a victory for the Chiefs.

Patrick Mahomes took home the Super Bowl MVP award, with a final stat line of 182 yards passing and three touchdowns combined with a 77.8 percent completion percentage. This honor puts him in elite company as one of the few NFL players to win both MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same season.

Super Bowl LVII gave fans an exciting, high-scoring game with outstanding performances on both sides of the ball for both teams. Fans now look forward to next year, hoping that their team will be playing in the big game.