Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles set to fight for the Lombardi

The bright lights shine on Glendale, Arizona, as the stage for Super Bowl LVII is set. 

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs take on Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles in a game between the No. 1 seeds from both the NFC and the AFC. The game takes place Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.

For storyline’s sake, this matchup could not be more perfect. Mahomes, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Hurts, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, are both NFL MVP finalists, and many believe that one of these two players is most likely to receive the award. This should be a fun matchup between two great quarterbacks looking to prove who’s more deserving of the honor.

This game could also be deemed as “The Battle of the Brothers” because for the first time in the history of the league, a pair of siblings will be facing off against each other as they fight for the Lombardi. Travis Kelce, the superstar tight end and Mahomes’ favorite target, will be playing against his brother Jason Kelce, future hall-of-fame center who holds down an elite offensive line for Philadelphia. The Kelce brothers are known for a podcast they host together known as “New Heights,” which gained a huge amount of popularity over the season. Both brothers are extremely impactful to their team and have played key roles in their teams’ offensive success all season, so expect both of the brothers to make a big impact in Glendale. 

Philadelphia marches into the desert as a two-point favorite. While the events that will unfold are hard to predict, history shows that the favorite in previous Super Bowls has an all-time record of 39-17. Both teams have proved they deserve to be in this spot after tying for the best record in the NFL, finishing 14-3. The Eagles got to this point after dominating in their two playoff games against the Giants and the 49ers, while the Chiefs faced more adversity in their playoff run against the Jaguars and the 2022 AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals.

Philadelphia has won just one Super Bowl in its existence, coming just five years ago in a 41-33 triumph over the New England Patriots. Kansas City, on the other hand, has taken home two Lombardi’s in its franchise’s history, with the most recent coming three years ago. Both of these teams look for their second Super Bowl title in the last five seasons.

Injuries, however, might play a key role in the Super Bowl — especially for Kansas City. Mahomes sustained a high ankle sprained in the AFC Divisional round, but he is looking to play through the injury. Mecole Hardman, starting wide receiver for the Chiefs, has been placed on the Injured Reserve, and two other receivers, Juju Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney, are listed as questionable. Otherwise, the Chiefs have a few more questionable players, but they all look probable for the game.

The Eagles have a problem of their own, as Hurts continues to deal with an injury to his throwing shoulder that he sustained earlier in the season, but he also will play through it. Other than that injury to Hurts, the Eagles entire starting lineup is listed as healthy and scheduled to play.  

Both teams have been even in the regular season and playoffs, but now is where one team shows it is superior as they fight for the title of “Super Bowl Champions.” The 100 million viewers who watched the cultural sporting event last season should all be treated to an amazing Super Bowl LVII. 

Willard is a sports reporter for the Liberty Champion. Follow him on Twitter

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