Super Bowl Review

AJ Tarzia '24 and Shawn Levine '23

This past weekend the two offensive powerhouses, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs squared off in Super Bowl LVII. Entering their final game of the year, the Eagles and Chiefs had very impressive seasons. The Eagles had a regular season record of 16-1 and the Chiefs finished their season at 14-3. 

The Eagle’s offense led by quarterback Jalen Hurts provided a very entertaining big-play offense. In addition to Jalen Hurts, the Eagles have a dangerous dynamic duo at wide receiver in Devonta Smith and AJ Brown. This young offense is very explosive and can take over a game in many ways, whether it was Hurts scrambling or Brown and Smith making unbelievable plays downfield. In addition to the Eagle’s threatening offense, the Eagles also have a lockdown defense led by Brandon Graham and Darius Slay. 

The Chiefs offense needs no introduction, but we’ll give them one anyway. Led by 27-year-old first ballot hall of fame lock Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs offense boasts serious talent in the form of TE Travis Kelce, RB Isiah Pacheco, and a strong offensive line. While really nothing specialbesides defensive tackle Chris Jonesthe Chiefs defense was more than serviceable against their opponents this year.

Entering Super Bowl Sunday, there was no clear favorite. Both teams had the potential to win and it was going to be a matter of who came ready to play. 

The game began with an early touchdown scored by Hurts to put the Eagles up 7-0. But their lead diminished quickly by a Travis Kelce touchdown on the following drive. After the first quarter, the score was 7-7, and was foreshadowing a high-scoring action-packed game. 

As this game continued, players began to slip. One player said after the game it was like he was at a “water park”. Multiple players were forced to keep switching cleats due to loss of traction and throughout the game, no one was able to find the strategies to stay on their feet consistently. 

This was not the only questionable event that occurred during the championship game. 

During the final stretch of the game, the Chiefs were marching down the field on another one of Mahomes’ notorious game-winning drives. The Chiefs were facing a 3rd down with around 2 minutes left when Mahomes looked downfield towards JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was making a route towards the pilon. As Mahomes released the ball James Bradberry, an Eagles defensive back was called for holding and set up Mahomes and Chiefs in victory formation for a chip shot field goal for Harrison Butker. 

This call is still being debated to this day. James Bradberry mentioned in his post-game interview that it was a penalty, but based on the previous tendencies this should not have been called. Especially in the biggest moment of the season, you would hope the referees leave the fate of the Super Bowl in the hands of the players.