Super Bowl LVII: Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles – Who Will Win The Vince Lombardi Trophy?
On Sunday, February 12 the Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale to do battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Who comes out on top? Who will be the difference makers? Will it be a game for the ages?
Whether you’re an avid fantasy football fan, a nervous Eagles supporter or just an invested neutral, you’ll get something from our complete guide to Super Bowl LVII. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the biggest game in football...
How They Got There
There’s a long old road to the Super Bowl, so let’s take a look at the challenges and obstacles that both teams have overcome to get there:
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs finished top of the AFC West with a record of 14 wins and 3 losses, scoring 496 points and giving up 369 along the way. Home and away form was fairly even, with the Chiefs racking up 7 wins on home soil and 7 wins on the road.
That set them up for a playoff clash with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which, despite a spirited effort from Doug Pederson’s men, they managed to overcome, running out 27-20 winners. Next up for the Chiefs was an altogether tougher clash against the Cincinnati Bengals in Conference game.
Thanks to some Patrick Mahomes magic, the Chiefs won 27-20, which will have gone some way to avenging the previous playoff scars inflicted on them by the Bengals in seasons gone by.
(Once again the Chiefs had Patrick Mahomes to thank for their most recent playoff victory.)
The Eagles had an identical record to the Chiefs in the regular season, finishing atop of the NFC East with 14 wins and 3 losses, even splitting their wins equally between home and away games.
Along the way they scored 477 points and conceded 344 with their last points of the regular season coming in a 22-16 win over the New York Giants.
It was a case of déjà vu in the playoffs as the Eagles first faced off against the New York Giants, this time making much more comfortable work of it, emphatically winning 38-7. That ruthless energy continued in the Conference game with the Eagles putting the San Francisco 49ers to the sword in an incredibly efficient 31-7 victory.
(The Eagles made short work of the 49ers in the Conference game.)
The Key Players
The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles are two evenly matched teams as their regular season records go to show, so the difference could come down to which individual stars perform best on the day.
Here are the two key men that both teams will be looking to in the crunch moments:
Statistically Mahomes has been the best quarterback in the NFL this season and he was certainly the difference for the Chiefs in their last game out against the Bengals. His fundamentals are elite, but in addition to that he has an incredible understanding of in-game scenarios which makes him pivotal in clutch moments.
It was difficult to pick out one key player for the Eagles as they have performed so consistently as a unit this season. If there is one player that stands out in particular ahead of this game it is Haason Reddick.
He has been a running sensation this season and has the energy, talent and effervescence to disrupt the Chiefs early doors and then help his team to close out the game late on.
(Haason Reddick has been the Sack King this season for the Eagles.)
The Final Verdict
Patrick Mahomes may well be the best quarterback in the NFL at this moment, but let’s not forget that he got through that last game against the Bengals with a pretty nasty ankle injury. Will two weeks be enough time to rest up and get back to match fitness?
Against a regular opponent, perhaps, but against this insanely fit and bullish Philadelphia Eagles outfit? Probably not.
It feels as though the Chiefs will have to pin all of their hopes to Patrick Mahomes to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, and whilst we’re not writing that off altogether, it does seem a lot less likely outcome than an Eagles win.
Philly have threats all over the field and what’s more is that they seem to have that relentless energy that all good winners have. The only way they don’t run out winners at Super Bowl LVII is if Patrick Mahomes invokes his inner Tom Brady and takes the game away from them.
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