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Kansas City Chiefs slay Eagles in Super Bowl

(Photo courtesy of “Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates Super Bowl win.”

Tanner Hume
Connector Editor

Super Bowl LVII was a spectacle to be amazed at. There were tons of exciting plays and referees making questionable calls all at once in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Representing the AFC were the Kansas City Chiefs, who were coming off yet another dominant season, just like everyone in their right mind was expecting. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes continued to show the NFL landscape why he is the best quarterback of this generation by making his opponents tremble in fear whenever his presence was upon them.  

However, Mahomes sprained his ankle a couple of times this season, with some fans calling into question his ability to stay healthy for the most part of the year. But Mahomes, again, tells the critics to silence themselves and enters into a robotic mode by playing while injured. For his weapons, however, there was a slight downgrade as wide receiver Tyreek Hill was traded, but they made up for it with the continuing emergence of tight end Travis Kelce, who proved he is still a tank that can give results at a moment’s notice.  

Representing the NFC were the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that just three short years ago looked completely dead and uninspired. To start their eventual rise, they drafted quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 draft. They traded tight end Zach Ertz to Arizona so that tight end Dallas Goedert could shine in the spotlight. Next, it was wide receiver Devonta Smith’s turn to get drafted in the first round. The final piece of the puzzle was trading a 2022 1st rounder and a fourth rounder to the Tennessee Titans to gain star receiver AJ Brown. The stage was set for a deadly squad, finishing the year with the best record in the NFL and cementing one of the greatest rebuilds of all time.   

The stage was set, and the game was underway before everyone knew it, kicking off one of the greatest Super Bowls in the last 5-10 years.  

First Quarter: The first quarter opened with Hurts running into the end zone himself to give the Eagles the opening score. A few minutes later, the Chiefs would answer back, with Mahomes passing the ball to Kelce for the game-tying touchdown from 18 yards out. It seemed these two teams would give the fans a shootout type of game, where both quarterbacks would sling the ball as much as humanely possible. 

Second Quarter: The scoring continued to rain down in Arizona, starting with a touchdown reception by AJ Brown eight seconds into the new frame, retaking the lead for the Eagles. And once again, the Chiefs would respond in kind, as linebacker Nick Bolton would recover a Hurts fumble and return it 36 yards for the touchdown, tying the game again. Hurts would not take this fumble too kindly, as he would end a long drive by running it into the end zone once again. After the Chiefs’ drive stalled, the Eagles would again have another shot to extend their lead. However, they would have to settle for just three points to close out the first half.  

Third Quarter: The Chiefs would start the second half with the ball and add another touchdown with 7th-round pick running back Isiah Pacheco, bringing the Chiefs closer to the Eagles. Towards the end of the quarter, the Eagles could not get into the end zone; instead, they had to kick another field goal and make it a 6-point contest heading into the fourth and final quarter.  

Fourth Quarter: The Chiefs would finally take the lead when wide receiver Kadarius Toney was able to catch a pass from five yards out to put the Chiefs on top. Three minutes later, wide receiver Skyy Moore was able to take it in from four yards out, extending the Chiefs’ lead. But, oh boy, it was not over yet. Hurts again ran in for a touchdown and would run into the end zone for a successful two-point conversion, tying the game. From there, the Chiefs significantly ran down the clock and kicked the game-winning field goal with eight seconds left. As such, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in the Super Bowl.  

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on winning their third franchise Super Bowl, and congratulations to Mahomes for winning his second Super Bowl and his second Super Bowl MVP. 

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