Face Off Friday: Super Bowl LVII

The Philadelphia Eagles – Katherine Nash

It’s that time of the year again that all football fans love: the Super Bowl.  Let me preface this by saying, I am no football expert. However, I do know for a fact that the Philadelphia Eagles will win the Super Bowl. Why do I know this? Hear me out. 

While some may say Patrick Mahomes is the most talented quarterback in the league, this is simply not the only factor. The Eagles dominate the field in almost every other position group. The Eagles and the Chiefs were tied for first for the most offensive points per game in the 2022 season. In contrast, the Philadelphia defense ranked fourth in the league, while the Kansas City Chiefs ranked 15th. The Eagles defensive unit, led by the stars Haason Reddick and Darius Slay, will shut down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ limited rush game. Also, Mahomes is still recovering from a high ankle sprain he received in the divisional round against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which severely limits his mobility. 

In addition to the Eagles strong defense, their offense is also firing on all cylinders. Quarterback Jalen Hurts, aided by his talented receiving and rushing core, went 14-1 in the regular season as the primary starting quarterback. This led the Eagles to not only the #1 seed in the NFC, but the overall best record in the league.

 Also, Eagles coach, Nick Sirianni, passionately fires up his team in every game. He has much more to prove in his young coaching career than the Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid. In just two short years, Sirianni has managed to put together an incredible Super Bowl roster, and his reputation continues to grow. Will the Super Bowl be next on his resume? The clear answer is yes.

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The Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Spencer

For the third time in four years, the Kansas City Chiefs will return to the Super Bowl. It is the biggest game on the biggest stage with the biggest audience, and millions of fans across America are wondering: Can the Chiefs do it again? I think they can.

They won it in 2019-20, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 behind a heroic fourth quarter comeback in which they out scored the Niners 21-0. However, just a year later, when the Chiefs were back under the lights, this time facing Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a different story. They got EMBARRASSED. The Buccaneers defense did not allow a touchdown, and Brady led the offense to what seemed like an effortless 31-9 victory. 

But that’s all in the past. What matters now is what will happen on Feb. 12, when at 6:30 p.m., a Chiefs team similar to the one that lost just two years ago will take the field to face the Philadelphia Eagles in Glendale, Arizona. 

The Eagles are favored, albeit only by 1.5 points, and personally, I think they have the better team on paper. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is phenomenal, and he is surrounded by dangerous weapons in DeVonta Smith, A.J. Brown and Miles Sanders. The defense is historically good, and is close to breaking the all-time sack record. The numbers clearly point to the Eagles.

But I don’t trust the numbers. I trust the team with experience. The team that has been under the lights and delivered—and been humbled just a year later. The Chiefs are led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes. That alone should give them more than a fighting chance. Mahomes does things on a football field that have never been done before. He has led the Chiefs this far while nursing a high ankle sprain, but will be fully healthy come game time. Mahomes, along with star tight end Travis Kelce and standout defensive tackle Chris Jones, are team captains, and are no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. They will prepare the team for the moment, and I guarantee they will not be humiliated again in front of a national audience. 

The Chiefs will be Super Bowl Champions due to their composure, leadership, and the fact that they have been there before.