By Stephen Ur –
The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles met in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ on Sunday night. The Eagles were back in the big game for the first time since 2017 while Kansas City was playing in their third Super Bowl in five years. It also marked the first Super Bowl between two #1 seed since the Eagles last Super Bowl appearance in which they defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII in 2018.
Philadelphia got on the board first when quarterback Jalen Hurts scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 10:09 left in the first quarter. The drive lasted 11 plays and covered 75 yards. The Chiefs would tie it up when Patrick Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce for an 18-yard touchdown.
Both teams would exchange punts and Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker missed a 42-yard field goal that hit the left upright. The game would remain tied at 7 at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles would re-take the lead when Hurts found his top receiver in AJ Brown in the end zone from 45 yards out on the first play of the second quarter.
With 9:39 left in the half, Hurts ran on a 3rd and 6, but fumbled. Nick Bolton picked it up for Kansas City and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown and tied the game at 14. The Eagles bounced back with two fourth-down conversions and Hurts rushed for his second touchdown of the night to put the Eagles back on top. Jake Elliot added a field as time expired in the half as they then led 24-14.
Hurts was not only the leading passer in that first half, completing 17 of 22 passes for 183 yards. He also led the game in rushing, carrying the ball 11 times himself for 63 yards.
Kansas City scored the first touchdown in the second when rookie running back Isiah Pacheco scored from one yard out to make it a 24-21 game. Elliot added another field goal, and the Eagles led 27-21 heading into the final quarter of Super Bowl LVII.
The Chiefs took their first lead of the game after Mahomes threw a touchdown pass to Kadarius Toney from five yards out. The Butker extra point gave Kansas City the 28-27 lead.
After Toney returned an Eagles punt to the Eagles five yard line, Mahomes threw a touchdown to Sky Moore to make the score 35-27.
Hurts rushed for his third touchdown and also rushed for the game-tying two-point conversion to tie the game at 35 with 5:15 left. His third rushing touchdown tied a Super Bowl record set by another member of the Eagles – Terrell Owens in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005.
The Chiefs would run the ball all the way to the end and after a holding call on James Bradberry have the Chiefs an automatic first down, Butker kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal with just eight seconds left. Hurts would throw one last incompletion as time expired for the Eagles. The Kansas City Chiefs won their second Super Bowl in four years by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-35.
This was the third-highest scoring Super Bowl and the Eagles scored the most points for a losing team.
Mahomes, who finished 21 of 27 passing for 182 yards and three touchdowns, was named Super Bowl LVII MVP, his second Super Bowl MVP. He also became the first NFL MVP to win the Super Bowl since Kurt Warner led the then St. Louis Rams to a win in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000.