Super Bowl LVII ends in thrilling victory for Kansas City Chiefs

Super Bowl 57 comes to an end with a thrilling 38-35 victory for the Kansas City Chiefs over the Philadelphia Eagles


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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambles for a first down in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Arizona.

Hunter Blake, Staff Writer

The National Football League’s 57th super bowl took place in Glendale, Arizona at State Farm Stadium on Sunday, February 12 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. Being one of the most watched sporting events every year, this game did not disappoint with the Chiefs taking a 38-35 win over the Eagles in comeback fashion.

The Chiefs and Eagles both went into the big game with 17-3 records, with powerhouse offense units with star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs and Jalen Hurts of the Eagles. Momentum looked to be on the Eagles side in the first half with a 24-14 lead going into halftime, but a late game comeback fueled by a partly injured Patrick Mahomes sealed their second championship in the last 4 seasons. Controversy was also surrounding Eagles Rookie Offensive Guard Josh Sills who was indicted for rape and kidnapping in Ohio, with information coming out about the incident after the NFC Championship game.

The Chiefs comeback for the ages was due to the stellar play of Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw two fourth quarter touchdowns and had a 26 yard rush that set up a field goal for Harrison Butker late in the game that sealed their championship. Mahomes noticed that his team seemed out of the game at halftime with little motivation, and noticed things needed to change so in the locker room he talked to his teammates.

According to Clutch Points, Mahomes told his team, “We aren’t playing with our normal joy, I said you can’t let this moment overtake you and your play.”

Although Mahomes kept his talk with his team short, it seemed to reassure their offense. Mahomes isn’t the only one that helped the team at the moment, Chiefs Head Coach Andry Reid has been by the team’s side all year and is very well known and respected across the league. He was contemplating retirement at the end of this season, but after the win he changed mindset due to his love for his players.

“It’s a good, solid organization, and with very good, solid people and I appreciate that having been kind of the elder statesman, I appreciate all that they do to keep me young. I enjoy what I am doing.” Reid said.

Controversy also spurred around the Eagles and their team due to an incident involving rookie Offensive Guard Joshua Sills who was indicated of rape and kidnapping in Guernesy County in Ohio, an incident that was made public after the Eagles NFC championship over the San Fransico 49ers.

According to the New York Times, “The indictment stems from an incident in December 2019, when Sills engaged in sexual activity and held a victim against her will in Guernsey county. The crime was immediately reported, and the Guernsey county sheriff’s office conducted a detailed investigation.”

Throughout the game, the Eagles and their offense went from the team that they were all year to struggling to score late in the game, miscommunication on defense also led to 2 wide open touchdowns for the Chiefs late in the game as their usually strong offense struggled to maintain their lead. Former Eagles Offensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon who was recently hired by the Arizona Cardinals after the game, looked back on his last game with the Eagles and felt bad that they were not able to get the job done in the moment.

According to USA Today, Gannon said “It was hard because you feel for the players. When you get to that game, I don’t feel sorry for myself – I feel bad about the players. Everything that I do, that’s where your feet are. I’m always trying to learn from experiences that happen right in real time. That’s what I did. I feel bad about not being able to get that done. It was an excellent learning experience for me and I know I learned a lot from that game, things that I would need to do differently moving forward to win that game.”