Super Bowl 57 Review

           Super Bowl 57 kicked off shortly after 6:30 PM inside the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals. The Philadelphia Eagles would get the ball first and make decisive work, driving down the field and closing the drive with a quarterback sneak from Jalen Hurts to put the Eagles up 7-0. The Chiefs, of course, would strike right back with a six-play drive capped off by an 18-yard touchdown to Tight End Travis Kelce. The next two drives had no score with an Eagles punt and a rare postseason miss by Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker from 42 yards away. The Eagles would capitalize off the miss and a 45-yard bomb would be caught by A.J. Brown for a touchdown for the Eagles to go up 14-7. The Chiefs next drive would be a quick three-and-out which was controversial due to a possible missed pass interference call on receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Eagles now with all the momentum could look to go up two scores early, but Jalen Hurts would make a rare error and lose the ball in his hands, fumbling and it being returned by Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton all the way for a touchdown to tie up the game at 14. Hurts and the Eagles were unphased however going right back to work on a methodical drive, once again ending in a Jalen Hurts rushing touchdown. The Chiefs once again offensively couldn’t get anything going and on a third down play, Mahomes would get tackled, reaggravating the sprained ankle he had been managing for the past month. The Eagles would end the half with a field goal and it seemed as if they could be on their way to a Super Bowl victory.

           After Rihanna’s halftime performance, both teams would take the field, with the Chiefs getting the ball first. The Chiefs finally got it back going with a great drive, ending with running back Isiah Pacheco putting it in to make it 24-21. The Eagles would then have a wild 17-play drive but, to their dismay, they could only get a field goal out of it making it 27-21. This would give the Chiefs an opportunity to get the lead for the first time in the game, which they would take as Patrick Mahomes would throw a short touchdown to receiver Kadarius Toney to take the lead at 28-27. The Eagles would then go three and out on their next drive and have to punt, leading to the longest punt return in Super Bowl history by Kadarius Toney, who would get to the Eagles five yard line. This would set up another Chiefs walk-in touchdown, from a pass to rookie Skyy Moore to make the lead 35-27. The Eagles would strike right back with a drive that would see a 45-yard dot to Devonta Smith that would set up another Jalen Hurts rushing touchdown and 2-point conversion by him as well to tie up the game. The Chiefs would drive down the field once again and they eventually found themselves in third down deep in Eagles territory, with a first down enabling them to run down the clock and likely put the game away. On the play Mahomes would throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster, missing him over top, but holding was called on James Bradberry on JuJu giving the Chiefs a first down in an extremely controversial call that has had fans debating for days. Nevertheless, the Chiefs ran down the clock and kicked a chip shot field goal for the lead with less than 10 seconds left. The Eagles last desperation hail mary would fall way short, and the Chiefs would grab their second Super Bowl with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, further strengthening his legacy at only 27 years old.

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